Eisenhower photo collage
Dwight D. Eisenhower
 Presidential Library and Museum 
PO Box 339 ·  200 SE 4th Street ·  Abilene, KS 67410 ·  785.263.6700 ·  877.RING.IKE  
July 26, 2013
Samantha Kenner, Communications Director
785.263.6764  |  877.RING.IKE 
New Carillon Donated to Eisenhower Presidential Library 
ABILENE, Kan. - You may have heard the bells ringing again at the Place of Meditation on the campus of the Eisenhower Presidential Library. A new carillon has been installed by the AMVETS (American Veterans) Memorial Carillon program. The previous carillon was damaged in a spring storm.

This type of Schulmerich electronic carillon, recently installed at the Place of Meditation, has many new features.
"We are grateful to the AMVETS organization for providing a new carillon for the Place of Meditation," said Karl Weissenbach, Director. "The previous carillon had also been donated by the AMVETS, and we appreciate their continued support in providing this service. The bells toll every quarter hour during the daytime and patriotic songs play at 10 a.m., 12, 2 and 4 p.m. The new carillon has additional features allowing us to play special songs for holidays and special occasions."   

AMVETS has a proud his­tory of assist­ing vet­er­ans and spon­sor­ing numer­ous pro­grams that serve our coun­try and its cit­i­zens. One of these is its own car­il­lon pro­gram to honor America's deceased servicemen and women. Since 1949, when Pres­i­dent Tru­man ded­i­cated the first car­il­lon at Arling­ton National Ceme­tery, this pro­gram has grown to encom­pass about 100 sites in the United States and overseas.

A carillon provides a "living memorial" -- tolling bells that act as a constant reminder of the price of liberty. According to AMVETS, a carillon not only affirms that the sacrifices made by those who died were not in vain, but also serves to remind us of our legacy and of our debt to those who fought to preserve freedom throughout the world.

The Schulmerich company manufactures the carillons and partners with AMVETS. Since 1948, Schulmerich has installed more than 130 electronic carillons at AMVETS facilities around the world in support of their Memorial Carillon program. 
The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.
# # #

Join Our Mailing List         Find us on Facebook       View our videos on YouTube       Follow us on Twitter        Webcam button