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.

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.

World War II veteran and radio operator, Clayton Vogler wasn’t one of the 150,000 plus soldiers to storm Normandy on J...
06/23/2019

World War II veteran and radio operator, Clayton Vogler wasn’t one of the 150,000 plus soldiers to storm Normandy on June 6, 1944, instead he was one of the many replacements who landed on the beach 16 days later. Vogler doesn’t remember everything from the war, but what he does recall is landing in Normandy and climbing down a rope ladder off the side of the ship with all his equipment on his back. Vogler said he gives credit to another soldier in saving his life who put in a good word for him, keeping him away from the front of the line. After the war, the World War II veteran put together a scrapbook out of wood from an old orange crate. Inside the book are small black-and-white photos that he took with a camera that he found during the war. To read more of Clayton’s story: http://bit.ly/2RauuQ0 #WWII #History

Clayton Vogler pictured with his scrapbook he made out of an old orange crate.

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s hobby was painting. Many of Ike’s portraits were of people he admired.  Ike greatly admired f...
06/16/2019

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s hobby was painting. Many of Ike’s portraits were of people he admired. Ike greatly admired former #POTUS Abe Lincoln and painted several portraits of him. He painted this one in 1953 and was used as the Eisenhower’s Christmas card that year. #ILikeIke #History #Art #Painting

In June, 1953, President Eisenhower met with leading sports figures of the time on the steps of the White House.  In thi...
06/15/2019

In June, 1953, President Eisenhower met with leading sports figures of the time on the steps of the White House. In this picture, Ike uses two hands to fend-off a thrust by the fist of boxer Rocky Marciano (right). To Ike’s left is former Yankee star, Joe DiMaggio, and behind the President is swimmer Kathy Freeman. #ILikeIke #Yankees #Olympics #Boxing #GOAT

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
06/14/2019

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

In honor of Flag Day 2019, we look back on Hawaii and Alaska joining the Union. When the U.S. Flag needed to be redesigned due to the two states being added to the nation under President Eisenhower, Ike’s administration received over 1,500 designs for the new flag. This flag is the same one that waves to this very day. Happy Flag Day 2019!

#OnThisDay in 1911, a young 20-year old, Dwight D. Eisenhower, entered United States Military Academy @West Point_USMA. ...
06/14/2019

#OnThisDay in 1911, a young 20-year old, Dwight D. Eisenhower, entered United States Military Academy @West Point_USMA. This picture is of Ike at Camp Meade, MD (photo courtesy of U.S. Army). #ILikeIke #Army #OTD

The White House Historical Association
06/14/2019

The White House Historical Association

On June 14, Americans celebrate Flag Day to commemorate the adoption of the first flag of the United States in 1777.

The first Flag Day observance was recorded in 1861, when George Morris organized a celebration for the Union at Hartford, Connecticut. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established the holiday with a proclamation: “a day upon which we should direct our minds . . . to thoughts of the ideals and principles of which we have sought to make our great Government the embodiment.” The 81st Congress agreed to a joint resolution officially creating the holiday, which President Harry S. Truman recognized on May 27, 1950.

This image shows a flag raising on the South Grounds of the White House to dedicate President Abraham Lincoln’s flagpole on June 29, 1861. Union soldiers attended flag raisings to demonstrate solidarity and boost morale during the Civil War.

Credit: Library of Congress

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
06/14/2019

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Here is a letter from Sheryl Byland - 8 years old at the time - presenting an idea to then President Eisenhower on how to redesign the American flag for the addition of the 49th state (Alaska). The date on the letter is October 30, 1958. #tbt #americathebeautiful #inspirational

06/14/2019
U.S. Army

Happy 244th birthday to the U.S. Army! As Supreme Allied Commander of the D-Day invasion, Dwight D. Eisenhower wore his Army uniform with pride and devotion.

Today, we celebrate 244 years of defending and protecting America, and salute the generations of Soldiers who have answered the call to serve. #ArmyBday

Video by Elliot Valdez

Happy Flag Day!
06/14/2019

Happy Flag Day!

In honor of Flag Day 2019, we look back on Hawaii and Alaska joining the Union. When the U.S. Flag needed to be redesigned due to the two states being added to the nation under President Eisenhower, Ike’s administration received over 1,500 designs for the new flag. This flag is the same one that waves to this very day. Happy Flag Day 2019!

Thank you Flint Hills Life Channel!
06/13/2019

Thank you Flint Hills Life Channel!

We were so grateful that the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and Eisenhower Foundation allowed us to share in the 75th D-Day Tributes on June 6th! We are pleased to now share a portion of The Salute to General Eisenhower Ceremony with you via our online site! https://www.flinthillslife.com/

#OnThisDay in 1915 Dwight D. Eisenhower graduated from West Point - The U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned a Sec...
06/13/2019

#OnThisDay in 1915 Dwight D. Eisenhower graduated from West Point - The U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. Photo courtesy of US Military Academy. #ILikeIke #Graduation

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
06/09/2019

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

#DDAY75 #tbt

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
06/08/2019
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Thank you KAKE-TV for the news coverage of our D-Day Remembrance Ceremony yesterday. There were so many amazing stories shared and new memories made.

"It, shall we say, shaped my grandfather for the rest of his life. I think the special part about this particular celebration is that it's here in Abilene. Abilene never left his heart no matter where he was in the world." – Mary Jean Eisenhower

#DDAY75 #AbileneProud #ILikeIke

World War II veteran, Ralph (Gene) Lentz, from Hutchinson, KS salutes a statue of General Eisenhower at the Eisenhower P...
06/08/2019

World War II veteran, Ralph (Gene) Lentz, from Hutchinson, KS salutes a statue of General Eisenhower at the Eisenhower Presidential Library on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2019.

IKEducators Leslie Hoffman and Mary Hildebrand were passing by the statue when they noticed this moment and were able to capture it. Leslie said, "He was deep in thought looking up at General Eisenhower and then slowly and reverently saluting him. I thought my heart would explode."

#ILikeIke #DDay #75thAnniversary

06/08/2019
The White House Historical Association

The White House Historical Association

75 years ago, on June 6, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation from the White House about the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.

Roosevelt had gone on the radio the night before to tell the country about the fall of Rome, but he made no mention of the largest amphibious assault in history, which was heading for the French coastline.

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
06/07/2019

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Thank you to everyone who attended our Remembrance Ceremony today, and a VERY SPECIAL thank you to our Allies who stood with us side-by-side during Operation OVERLORD and so many long nights during WWII. Through the cooperation of our combined forces, we were able to overcome obstacles that none thought possible on that day. #DDAY75

Pictured from L to R - Colonel Olivier-Pierre Marchand (France), LTC Stephen Gallagher (Canada), our Museum Director Dawn Hammatt, Colonel Tom Bolen (USA), and Colonel Peter Little (United Kingdom)

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
06/07/2019

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

#DDAY75 #tbt

06/07/2019
Newsradio 1150 KSAL

Newsradio 1150 KSAL

A final salute to those who gave all, and saved the world 75 years ago.

Come to the North half of the Visitors center in classroom 1 for our IKEducation program: “Primarily Omaha Beach.” H...
06/06/2019

Come to the North half of the Visitors center in classroom 1 for our IKEducation program: “Primarily Omaha Beach.” Here, participants are introduced to the overall objective of D-Day and how so many things went wrong. They will then apply that knowledge through examination of documents, artifacts, and personal stories from Omaha Beach. Most appropriate for learners from 7th grade through adult. 🇺🇸 #DDay75 #ILikeIke #WorldWarII

Hands on History Station: “Rosie the Riveter” is going on at the second floor of the presidential library! Come up a...
06/06/2019

Hands on History Station: “Rosie the Riveter” is going on at the second floor of the presidential library! Come up and learn about the life of the women who went to work to help our soldiers overseas! Station is open until 4:30 pm! #ILikeIke #DDay75 #WorldWarII #RosieTheRiveter

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Remembrance ceremony with remarks from General Richard Myers, USAF (Ret.) starting NOW at the Statue of General Dwight D...
06/06/2019

Remembrance ceremony with remarks from General Richard Myers, USAF (Ret.) starting NOW at the Statue of General Dwight D. Eisenhower!

A final thanks to the 75th D-Day Commemoration presenting sponsors, Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation and Pritzker Military M...
06/06/2019

A final thanks to the 75th D-Day Commemoration presenting sponsors, Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation and Pritzker Military Museum & Library. In addition, we would like to thank: 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, The Cain Foundation, The Castle Family, David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation, Eagle Communications, The First Alliance Foundation, Great Life Golf and Fitness, JE Dunn, Marshall Motors, New Boston Creative Group, PrairieLand Partners LLC, and Dr. Scholl Foundation – all of whom supported our weeklong commemoration of this historic anniversary.

one last thanks to the 75th D-Day Commemoration presenting sponsors, Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation and Pritzker Military ...
06/06/2019

one last thanks to the 75th D-Day Commemoration presenting sponsors, Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation and Pritzker Military Museum & Library. In addition, we would like to thank: 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, The Cain Foundation, The Castle Family, David Woods Kemper

On this day 75 years ago, June 6, 1944, under the command of Supreme Allied Commander and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, ...
06/06/2019

On this day 75 years ago, June 6, 1944, under the command of Supreme Allied Commander and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on five Normandy beaches with the code names Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword and Utah, otherwise known as D-Day. Allied troops overcame the opposition taking control of all the beaches, a huge victory for the Allies. Although this victory didn’t come without many casualties, an estimated 10,000 killed, wounded, and missing in action: 6,603 Americans, 2,700 British, and 946 Canadians. #WWII #History #DDay #ILikeIke

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
06/06/2019

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

We will be having a Remembrance Ceremony at 9:30am Thursday morning, with a keynote address by General Richard Myers, USAF (Ret.), President of Kansas State University, including a wreath laying, patriotic songs, roll call for the absent, and Taps with a rifle salute. Please join us on the campus of the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum to pay tribute to the heroes of Operation Overlord.

Then come back later on that evening for a Hope & Liberty Concert at 6:30pm. #DDAY75 #Remember

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
06/06/2019

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Tonight, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we remember all of the Allied soldiers who fought bravely to break through the German stronghold at Normandy during Operation Overlord. So many brave souls stormed the beaches and changed the course of history forever. Their courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten. #DDAY75

Come join us at the place of meditation for a VFW Vigil. The vigil will be going on until midnight! #ILikeIke #DDay75 #W...
06/06/2019

Come join us at the place of meditation for a VFW Vigil. The vigil will be going on until midnight! #ILikeIke #DDay75 #WorldWarII

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
06/06/2019

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

On this eve of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, take some time to reflect on the tremendous sacrifice that many gave on that fateful day. Some may be unaware, but Ike penned a letter the day before the invasion, "In Case of Failure," contained the following: "Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone." Thankfully, Ike never had to relay this message that he accidentally dated July 5th.

06/06/2019

Dr. Dennis Okerstrom sharing about gliders in Normandy on June 6th, 1944.

06/05/2019

World War II veteran panel live at the Visitor’s Center!

Come up to the 2nd floor of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and learn about “Dogs for Defense” at our Hands on H...
06/05/2019

Come up to the 2nd floor of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and learn about “Dogs for Defense” at our Hands on History Station! Event runs until 1:30 pm! #DogsForDefense #DDay75 #ILikeIke #Eisenhower #WWII 🐕🇺🇸

#BTS with Ike's Soldiers interviewing World War II veteran, Jay Kramer.
06/05/2019

#BTS with Ike's Soldiers interviewing World War II veteran, Jay Kramer.

“Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without” going on NOW in the Library Courtyard. Participants are evaluati...
06/05/2019

“Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without” going on NOW in the Library Courtyard. Participants are evaluating primary sources while learning about the life on the American home front during World War II all while playing board games! #ILikeIke #DDay75 #WorldWarII 🇺🇸

While D-Day was the most important battle during World War II, it was also the beginning to what would mean, 11 months l...
06/05/2019

While D-Day was the most important battle during World War II, it was also the beginning to what would mean, 11 months later, victory for the United States and the Allies over Nazi Germany. With more than 160,000 men, 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircrafts supported to help with the D-Day invasion, it didn’t come without cost. More than 10,000 killed, wounded, and missing in action, but if it wasn’t for their sacrifice, the 100,000 plus soldiers would have never been able to slowly take back Europe and win more battles over Nazi Germany and win the war. #History #WWII

The 75th D-Day Commemoration speaker series is presented by Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation of Abilene, KS, and Pritzker Mi...
06/05/2019

The 75th D-Day Commemoration speaker series is presented by Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation of Abilene, KS, and Pritzker Military Museum & Library of Chicago, IL. Our gratitude for their gracious support and donations! #ILikeIke #DDay #75thAnniversary

06/05/2019

Dr. Adrian Lewis key note address: Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory

Keynote Address with Dr. Adrian Lewis, Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory is about to start in the Visitors Center! The event...
06/04/2019

Keynote Address with Dr. Adrian Lewis, Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory is about to start in the Visitors Center! The event will be going until 8:30 pm! #ILikeIke #DDay75 #WorldWarII

Ike's Soldiers x Witness to War Foundation at work! 🇺🇸
06/04/2019

Ike's Soldiers x Witness to War Foundation at work! 🇺🇸

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