ABILENE, Kan. - A special Founding Fathers exhibit opens Presidents Day, Feb. 20, in the Eisenhower Presidential Library's museum. The temporary display supplements the Library 50th Anniversary exhibit, which is located in the library building.
|James Madison letter dated Dec. 30, 1822|
The display features original documents and rare artifacts from Presidents George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
"We are proud to be able to offer this original display about the Founding Fathers assembled by our staff from our holdings," said Karl Weissenbach, Director, Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home. "Quite amazingly, our Archives include original documents from the early days of our nation. We really do have a treasure trove right here in Abilene, Kansas -- the heart of America," he added.
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison shaped the nation as patriots and as presidents. In word and deed they guided future presidents, including Dwight D. Eisenhower
"For me, George Washington was the greatest, the classic American example
of fortitude. . . I've thought over many times who may have been the man of
greatest stature in this country's history and I always come back to Washington,
without whom there would have been no country at all."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, July 11, 1966
Exhibits such as this are only made possible through private donations. To support programs and exhibits, please contact the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum or the Eisenhower Foundation at 785.263.6700.