Eisenhower photo collage
April 2013
A quarterly newsletter to keep you informed.

George Washington's Acts of Congress Exhibit
The only venue in Kansas where you can see this amazing historical record is the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. George Washington's annotated copy of the Acts of Congress will be on exhibit at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum April 23 -
May 3. It is on a national tour to the other 12 Presidential Libraries administered by the
Acts of Congress exhibit at the Eisenhower Presidential Library
Acts of Congress exhibit promo
National Archives and Records Administration. The Museum will have extended hours and remain open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. during the run of this exhibit. There will also be a Late Night at the Museum on Saturday, April 27, until 10 p.m., allowing extra time for visitors to experience this history first-hand.

GeorgeprogramsDon't miss these two special programs scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum on April 27:  
  • The Lady of the House: Martha Washington's Mount Vernon Program & Tea, 2 p.m., Library Courtyard. $25 fee includes Museum admission; send check by April 19 to Eisenhower Library, Attn: Public Programs, P.O.Box 339, Abilene, KS 67410. Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume.  
  • The Man Who Would Not Be King: George Washington Sets the Style of the Presidency, 7 p.m. This free program will be held in the Visitors Center Auditorium and includes a reception.

We are very pleased that Susan Schoelwer, Curator of Mount Vernon Museum, Estate and Gardens, will be presenting these programs. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from Yale University and a master's degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.     


At the end of the Presidential Library tour, the Acts of Congress will go on permanent exhibit at Mount Vernon. Visit www.mountvernon.org for more details. This exhibit is made possible courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.


WWII Remembered logo

A very special exhibit, World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles and Heroes, opens June 1, 2013, beginning a three-year inclusive commemoration of the pivotal events of World War II. The exhibits and programs will continue through December 2016, marking the 70th anniversaries of WWII and its aftermath. Anchor exhibits in the Museum and Library buildings will be enhanced by rotating components.
Enigma machine photo/WWII Remembered
Enigma Code Machine

Not to be missed:

Several special artifacts displayed for the first time at the Eisenhower, include an Enigma code machine used by the German High Command to communicate with U-boats, Japanese propaganda posters, an Italian army officer uniform, Soviet weapons and a Navy Medal of Honor.

World War II Remembered will focus on the personal stories of unsung heroes and the lesser-known events of the war. Public and educational programs will combine with the exhibit to tell these stories. Visitors to the programs and exhibits will learn about the major theaters of the war, as well as about such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, and the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany, who returned to Europe as U.S. soldiers. The exhibit will also feature the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.

If you would like to learn more about this ambitious undertaking, please visit our website  and view the promotional videos. The Eisenhower Foundation is still looking for additional corporate and private sponsors to make this exhibit and programming a reality. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact the Eisenhower Foundation or Library Director, Karl Weissenbach by calling 785.263.6700.
Highlights from the Archives
Research Trends | December 2012 - February 2013

U.S. foreign policy and international topics were the most popular topics of research. Researchers looked at documents relating to Africa, Asia, Australia, Egypt, Hungary, Iran, Japan, Korea, Middle East, NATO, Suez crisis, U.S. policy toward international alliances and Venezuela.


Interest in World War II and other military topics continued to be strong. In addition to the history of individual military units, researchers looked at documents relating to strategy, military and political leaders during the war, military reorganization after the war, national defense policy, nuclear submarines, prisoners of war, the Women's Army Corps, D-Day and other military campaigns.


There was strong interest in biographical information. Researchers looked at documents relating to Charles Mayo, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Everett Hughes, Frederic Fox, George Kennan, George Patton and Joseph McCarthy. A small number of researchers used our resources for general genealogical research.


The remaining researchers reviewed material on a wide range of additional topics, including the 1952 campaign, agriculture, atomic energy, the Central Intelligence Agency, civil rights, continuity of government, disability, disaster relief, the Equal Rights Amendment, the interstate highway system, national parks, Project Solarium, religion, the Republican Party, wilderness conservation and wine in the White House.  

Mark Your Calendars!

Visit our  Calendar page for a complete schedule of upcoming events.

April 19 | Writers Workshop presented by award-winning author Larry Bjornson, 10 a.m. to noon, Museum Classroom. Registration required. $30.

April 20 | Early Days of Abilene, presented by Larry Bjornson, 7:30 p.m. Visitors Center Auditorium

April 21 | Wide Open, book discussion and signing by author Larry Bjornson, 3 p.m., Visitors Center Auditorium

April 23 - May 3 | George Washington's Acts of Congress, extended Museum hours open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. eisenhower.archives.gov/acts_congress.html

April 27 | Special Martha and George Washington programs: see article above

May 2 | Michael Doidge, Combat Studies Institute, Ft. Leavenworth, iBook Discussion: Vanguard of Valor: Enhanced Edition, 7 p.m., Visitors Center Auditorium

May 27 | Memorial Day Ceremony, Abilene American Legion & VFW program, 10:45 a.m.

June 1 | Symphony at Sunset...Annual D-Day Commemorative Concert, 8:30 p.m.
and World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles and Heroes exhibit opening

August 10 | Vintage Base Ball game, 1 p.m.


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