Eisenhower Foundation

Eisenhower Foundation Our mission is to honor and champion the life and leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower through compelling programs and events that celebrate his legacy.
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The Eisenhower Foundation was formed in 1945 after the Allied victory of World War II to create a memorial to General Eisenhower. The Boyhood Home was opened in 1947 and the Museum in 1954 by the Foundation. Public and private entities raised $3.5 million to build the Library which opened in 1962. Today, five buildings on 22 acres comprise the Eisenhower Presidential Center - the Library, Museum, Boyhood Home, Visitors Center and Place of Meditation.

Victory Gardens are in full force!  Check out the Holt Family Victory Garden in Abilene, Kansas! Talk about some awesome...
07/13/2020

Victory Gardens are in full force! Check out the Holt Family Victory Garden in Abilene, Kansas! Talk about some awesome Project Based Learning! Share your Victory Garden to show off your hard work and what you've learned! #sproutstudies, #projectbasedlearning

Just a quick update on our garden and how much we are enjoying it!!!! This spring was full of sweet lettuces and radishes and now we have moved on to cucumbers, green beans and zucchini!!! The kids are ready to make pickles!!! Tomatoes and peppers are setting on like crazy and we have ears of corn and onions that we will be picking very soon!!!! Still unknown are the pumpkin vine and carrots, but we are learning lots!!! It has been a lot of work by everyone in the household, but the perfect size for our family!! The biggest thing we’ve learned is that everyone loves to pick the veggies.....no one likes to weed!!!! #sproutstories Eisenhower Foundation

Dwight Eisenhower's mother, Ida, taught all six brothers how to cook and clean. Ike's interest in cooking continued thro...
07/10/2020

Dwight Eisenhower's mother, Ida, taught all six brothers how to cook and clean. Ike's interest in cooking continued throughout his life. He tells in his book, "At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends," (p. 92) that at his first post as an Army officer he volunteered for Cooks and Bakers School to learn more about cooking for large groups of men. Ike understood that a happy company of soldiers depended on good food preparation, and he insisted his junior officers understood that as well. As President, Ike continued honing his skills and found a location for his grill in the White House.

If you want to cook like Ike, here are some of his favorite recipes:
https://www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/sites/default/files/file/cookbook.pdf

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Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

The Solarium on the Third Floor of the White House offers panoramic views of the National Mall. And, according to one columnist, it was President Dwight Eisenhower’s favorite room in the Executive Mansion: “He used to grill up steaks and whip up pancakes in a tiny adjoining kitchen.”

Since its construction in 1927 under President Calvin Coolidge, each administration has used the Solarium differently: as a playroom for grandchildren, a classroom, an escape for teenagers, a place for official meetings, and for private entertainment.

Here, President Dwight D. Eisenhower grills on the balcony outside the Solarium.

Image Credit: Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum / NARA

“The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene."General Dwight D. Eisenhower - Homecoming Speech, Abilene, Ka...
07/10/2020

“The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene."
General Dwight D. Eisenhower - Homecoming Speech, Abilene, Kansas, 6/22/1945

For the second year in a row, Abilene placed in the top ten nationwide in USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Best Historic Small Town contest.

“Thanks to everyone for voting for Abilene,” said Julie Roller Weeks, Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau director. “We appreciate this recognition, and it reinforces what visitors say, and locals know – Abilene is one of the best historic small towns in the country.”

The top ten winners in the Best Historic Small Town category are as follows:

1. Granbury, TX
2. Abilene, KS
3. Valparaiso, IN
4. Mackinac Island, MI
5. Natchitoches, LA
6, Williamsburg, VA
7. Clarksdale, MS
8. St. Augustine, FL
9. Berkeley Springs, WV
10. Leadville, CO

Read more --> https://abilenekansas.org/news/2020/07/08/abilene-kansas-named-2-best-historic-small-town

Eagle-eyed followers may have noticed some changes to our website, www.EisenhowerFoundation.net.As the Eisenhower Founda...
07/08/2020

Eagle-eyed followers may have noticed some changes to our website, www.EisenhowerFoundation.net.

As the Eisenhower Foundation celebrates 75 years of preserving and promoting Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legacy, we are making some changes to our site which will position us to serve donors and educate future generations well into the next 75 years.

While you’ll note that the color scheme remains the same, the biggest visual difference you will notice is in the IKEducation area of our website. This section provides the initial infrastructure for the Virtual IKEducation Classroom which will continue to be "built out" as our IKEducation team works to meet the needs of teachers and students.

Just like any building project, there will be some things that need to be “tweaked” along the way. Thank you for your patience as we work to make our website a place for “all things Ike.”

Check it out at: www.EisenhowerFoundation.net

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07/06/2020

As a Lt. Col. serving in the Philippines, Dwight D. Eisenhower obtained a private pilot’s license on July 5, 1939. Because he earned a private pilot’s license, he was never rated as a military pilot. The ability to fly is only shared with two other US Presidents.
President Eisenhower was the first President to fly in a plane called Air Force one and the first president to employ a helicopter when in office on July 12, 1957. Until this this time, the Secret Service barred helicopters from the nation’s chief executive (except in cases of emergencies)

As our nation celebrates Independence Day 2020, we say thank you to all veterans and current military for their dedicate...
07/04/2020
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)

As our nation celebrates Independence Day 2020, we say thank you to all veterans and current military for their dedicated service and sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.

Today marks 170 consecutive days out to sea, a U.S. Navy record, for the USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER CVN-69 and its escort ship, the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56). Thank you, Mighty Ike and friends. Stay safe.

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Happy Fourth of July to all of our family and friends! Enjoy the below video message from CAPT Kyle Higgins, Ike's commanding officer, on what this day means to us as a nation and crew. #GreaterEachDay #NavyTheNationNeeds #ForgedByTheSea #HappyIndependenceDay

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/758687/uss-dwight-d-eisenhower-fourth-july-message-america

As World War II came to a close, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower flew in a Constellation he named the Colu...
07/02/2020
Columbine II Arrives at Her New Home!!!

As World War II came to a close, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower flew in a Constellation he named the Columbine after his wife Mamie’s home state of Colorado. Ike liked the Columbine II which was built as a C-121A Constellation (Air Force Serial # 48-0610) in Burbank CA. In November 1952, President-Elect Dwight D. Eisenhower used the Columbine II to travel to South Korea.
In early 1953 the aircraft was converted for use by President Eisenhower and after an incident when Eastern Air Lines 8610, a commercial flight, crossed paths with Air Force 8610, the radio sign was changed. Columbine II became the first aircraft to carry the radio call sign “Air Force One”. President Eisenhower flew approximately 63,844 miles aboard the Columbine II and it is noted his speech “Atoms to Peace” was written while on board.
The Columbine II is the only presidential aircraft to be sold to a private party. The following link is an update on the restoration of the Columbine II.

http://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-restorations/columbine-ii-restoration-update-june-2020.html

VC-121 Constellation Columbine II is safely Home in Bridgewater, VA

President Eisenhower believed that an Interstate Highway System was “…as necessary to defense as it is to our national e...
07/01/2020

President Eisenhower believed that an Interstate Highway System was “…as necessary to defense as it is to our national economy and personal safety.”

In celebration of Ike’s legacy and the Eisenhower Foundation’s 75th anniversary, residents and businesses in Kansas are encouraged to “Drive Ike's Legacy.”

I LIKE IKE distinctive license plates are available to order from any Kansas county motor vehicle office. In addition to regular vehicle registration fees, the cost of the I LIKE IKE license plate includes a $50 annual, tax deductible donation to the Eisenhower Foundation, plus a one-time $45 fee to the state. Learn more on our website at: https://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/join-and-give/ike-license-plate

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06/30/2020
Goal Met! Eisenhower Foundation 75th Anniversary Matching Gift Opportunity

Thanks to the overwhelming response from our supporters, the Eisenhower Foundation is excited to announce we have met our goal of raising $75,000 in honor of our 75th anniversary!

Donations from 32 states totaled $62,000 and our Board, Trustees, and Staff matched this with $40,000, for a total of $102,000.

Our Executive Director, Meredith Sleichter, has recorded a short video update to thank our supporters for helping us reach this historic milestone. You can still make a donation on our website at: https://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/marking-eisenhower-foundations-75th-anniversary

Thanks to everyone who contributed to help us celebrate the Eisenhower Foundation's 75th anniversary. It is through your support that we are able to further our mission to honor the legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Hear an update from Executive Director, Meredith Sleichter, on our successful effort to raise $75,000 in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Eisenhower Foun...

June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the completion of Kansas Interstate 70 – “America’s Main Street.”President Dwigh...
06/30/2020
Interstate celebrates 50 years

June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the completion of Kansas Interstate 70 – “America’s Main Street.”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who grew up in Abilene, Kansas, enacted the Federal Highway Act of 1956.

Check out this article from our local Abilene Reflector-Chronicle: http://www.abilene-rc.com/interstate-celebrates-50-years/article_2303d27e-afd3-11ea-9aa7-d391a474e2c3.html?fbclid=IwAR3cVLk6xbyN5S2bwXs_KqAhIBqsmiqvRkXghRGv9PBg9Qu1TqtDfN_PC_A#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

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Edit: This post originally described President Eisenhower as a "native of Kansas." Ike was born in Denison, Texas, therefore technically a native Texan. At the age of two, his family moved back to Kansas. Ike spent his formative years in Abilene, from 1892 to 1912, when he went to West Point. Interestingly, Ike was the only one of his parents' seven sons not born in Kansas.

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of the completion of Kansas Interstate 70.

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the Interstate Highway System – still considered the largest public works project in...
06/29/2020

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the Interstate Highway System – still considered the largest public works project in American history. Two experiences greatly influenced President Eisenhower when he enacted the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956.

In the summer of 1919, Lieutenant Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in the first Army Transcontinental Motor Convoy. The expedition included 81 vehicles that crossed the United States from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco. It was on this venture – covering a distance of 3,251 miles in 62 days – that Eisenhower learned first-hand the difficulties faced in traveling great distances on roads that were often impassable. In sharp contrast, when the Allies reached Germany in 1945, the high speed Autobahn provided them with dependable supply routes and efficient troop movement.

Designated the “Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways” in 1990, this sprawling network of roads has forever changed the landscape of the United States and is an integral part of our nation today.

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Last month, on May 17th, our nation marked the 66th anniversary of the historic 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Su...
06/26/2020

Last month, on May 17th, our nation marked the 66th anniversary of the historic 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared segregated schools unconstitutional. In September 1957, as a result of that ruling, nine African-American students enrolled at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The ensuing struggle between segregationists and integrationists, the State of Arkansas and the federal government, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, has become known in modern American history as the "Little Rock Crisis."

The crisis gained world-wide attention. When Governor Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to surround Central High School to keep the nine students from entering the school, President Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne Division into Little Rock to ensure the safety of the "Little Rock Nine" and that the rulings of the Supreme Court were upheld.

The IKEducation program “Desegregating Little Rock,” found on our website https://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/sites/default/files/2020-05/Desegregating%20Little%20Rock%20%28full%20version%29.pdf, teaches today’s students about this turbulent time in America’s history.

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06/25/2020
President Eisenhower on segregation

This month marks the 67th anniversary of segregation ending in our nation’s capital. On June 8, 1953, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on the groundbreaking case, District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co., Inc. The manager of Thompson Cafeteria in Washington, D.C., had refused to serve a group of African Americans – led by civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell – saying “We don’t serve colored.”

This case had been in the courts since 1950 and, just two days after President Eisenhower’s first inauguration, the U.S. Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld Thompson’s right to refuse service to African-Americans. The new president ordered U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell, Jr. “to seize control of the district’s appeal to the Supreme Court,” and Brownell himself argued the case on behalf of the president before the highest court in the land.

As David Nichols wrote in his book, “A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Movement,” “Dwight D. Eisenhower wanted to make the District of Columbia ‘the showpiece of the nation’ in terms of racial integration.”

Listen to what President Eisenhower said to Congress about segregation during his first State of the Union Address just a few months prior on February 2, 1953.

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As the Eisenhower Foundation marks our 75th anniversary, we continue to draw inspiration and wisdom from the legacy of D...
06/24/2020
Eisenhower Foundation, KS | Official Website

As the Eisenhower Foundation marks our 75th anniversary, we continue to draw inspiration and wisdom from the legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower. To honor and champion the relevance today of the life and leadership of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, we will highlight the lasting impact he made on our country and our world. To learn more about the Eisenhower Foundation, check out our website at www.EisenhowerFoundation.net. #EF75 #ILikeIke

President Eisenhower oversaw the desegregation of the military, ended segregation in our national’s capital, enforced de...
06/23/2020

President Eisenhower oversaw the desegregation of the military, ended segregation in our national’s capital, enforced desegregation in public schools by sending the 101st Airborne into Little Rock, Arkansas, and passed the first Civil Rights legislation since Reconstruction – the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

#OTD President Eisenhower met with several prominent civil rights leaders in the Oval Office.
(L to R: Lester Granger, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., E. Frederic Morrow, DDE, A. Philip Randolph, William Rogers, Rocco Siciliano, and Roy Wilkins)
June 23, 1958

Read more about #civilrights during the Eisenhower administration in the online documents section of our website: https://go.usa.gov/xwf4j
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"Because no man is really a man who has lost out of himself all of the boy, I want to speak first of the dreams of a bar...
06/22/2020

"Because no man is really a man who has lost out of himself all of the boy, I want to speak first of the dreams of a barefoot boy. Frequently, they are to be of a street car conductor or he sees himself as the town policeman, above all he may reach to a position of locomotive engineer, but always in his dreams is that day when he finally comes home. Comes home to a welcome from his own home town. Because today that dream of mine of 45 years or more ago has been realized beyond the wildest stretches of my own imagination, I come here, first, to thank you, to say the proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene." -Dwight D. Eisenhower, Homecoming Speech, Abilene, Kansas, June 22, 1945

#OTD 75 yrs ago General Dwight Eisenhower returned home to Abilene.
"Because no man is really a man who has lost out of himself all of the boy, I want to speak first of the dreams of a barefoot boy. Frequently, they are to be of a street car conductor or he sees himself as the town policeman, above all he may reach to a position of locomotive engineer, but always in his dreams is that day when he finally comes home. Comes home to a welcome from his own home town. Because today that dream of mine of 45 years or more ago has been realized beyond the wildest stretches of my own imagination, I come here, first, to thank you, to say the proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene. "
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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Eisenhower Foundation! General Dwight D. Eisenhower concluded hi...
06/22/2020

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Eisenhower Foundation!

General Dwight D. Eisenhower concluded his world-wide post-war victory tour on June 22, 1945, with a special homecoming celebration in Abilene, Kansas. During his address to the large hometown crowd, Ike stated, “The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.”

On that day, a plan was presented to Ike to build a war memorial in Abilene, Kansas, for his service as the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe and to honor all veterans of World War II. The General approved, and the Eisenhower Foundation was established.

Exactly two years later, June 22, 1947, the Foundation opened its first building, the Eisenhower home, for public tours.

We sincerely thank you for supporting our mission to secure Ike’s legacy and honor the troops he led into battle during World War II. Learn more on our website https://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/.

The first photo shows crowded sidewalks as Ike stands and waves from his car along the parade route in Abilene, Kansas, June 22. 1945.

In the second photo, Eisenhower brothers Arthur, Ike, and Milton stand in front of their boyhood home on June 7, 1947, just a few weeks prior to the public opening.

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The kids' garden is thriving! Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and radishes are all doing great! We have also added potatoes and herbs. I think next year we will have to have a larger garden as they are already making plans!
Planting our Victory Garden!
Thank you for the books! They are very much appreciated!
The American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands is the final resting place for over 8,000 U.S. soldiers/airmen and over 1,700 who are memorialized on the wall of missing. For the past 15 months I (along with some great help from Sherrie Smith from Hays, Kansas) have been searching for and trying to locate 46 pictures of Kansas soldiers/airmen whose picture had not been located for the “Faces-of-Margraten” project. To this point all but 15 have been located!! The Dutch have not forgotten their liberators!!! Please help if you possibly can to locate any of the soldiers/airmen listed below. Pictures can be submitted to the “Faces-of-Margraten” project at: https://www.thefacesofmargraten.com/index.php/en-US/submit-photo or posted here directly to this post or FB message to me. Bourbon County, Kansas: *T4C Virgil W Maxwell, 104th Infantry Division, KIA 23 Apr 45 Butler County, Kansas: *PFC Billy G Lewis, 17th Airborne Division, KIA 24 Mar 45 Labette County, Kansas: *PFC Wilfred Baker, 69th Infantry Division, KIA 16 Apr 45 *Pvt Charles E Moon, 97th Infantry Division, KIA 14 Apr 45 *Sgt Ross E Bringle, 35th Infantry Division, KIA 20 Apr 45 Montgomery County Kansas: *FSgt Forrest R Evans, 95th Infantry Division, KIA 23 Apr 45 Saline County, Kansas: *Pvt John G White, 7th Armored Division, KIA 8 Apr 45 Sedgwick County, Kansas: *2Lt Donald D Gill, 102nd Infantry Division, KIA 20 Mar 45 Sumner County, Kansas: *Pvt Carl G Dorsey, 4th Infantry Division, KIA 5 Dec 45 Wyandotte County, Kansas: *SSgt Henry E Hansen, 30th Infantry Division, KIA 18 Nov 44 *PFC Raymond T Palmerin, 82nd Airborne Division, KIA 6 Apr 45 *PFC Charley N Reno, 1st Infantry Division, KIA 15 Apr 45 *Pvt Alex J Repine, 3rd Armored Division, KIA 24 Dec 45 Arapaho County, Colorado: *PFC Theodore W Whitenack, 104th Infantry Division, KIA 2 Feb 45 Las Angeles, California: *TSgt Joyce L Ouellet, 379th Bomb Group, KIA 14 Oct 43
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What vision he had and how it has helped us all.
The only President to help black people get an education, in 1957 president Eisenhower made it possible for blacks to attend high school in the south and college !! 1957 in little rock AR, president Eisenhower passed a law that black can earn a degree in the United States !!