March 1, 2017 - March 1, 2018 @ Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum
War erupted in Europe in 1914 and soon involved nations around the globe. The United States reluctantly joined the conflict in 1917 and began to build a large professional army from the ground up. One of the young officers who helped in this endeavor was a lieutenant by the name of Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower showed remarkable talent for organization and leadership during the years of American involvement in the war. Tasked with training thousands of inexperienced troops in the new and untested art of armored warfare, Eisenhower quickly built a strong and motivated group of soldiers while overcoming severe obstacles and setbacks. This exhibit tells the story of the Great War and its influence on Eisenhower’s budding leadership abilities. World War I, as it would become known later in the century, proved critical to the making of this American Icon.
April 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018 @ Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum
Celebrate the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial as part of the tristate celebration with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. See rare artifacts and historic photographs. Learn about the “square meal,” “real McCoy,” origins of the cowboy boot, and “the wickedest town in the West.” Discover stories behind the legends of T.C. McInerney, Bear River Smith, and Wild Bill Hickok among others. Find out why Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western and the Cowtown that raised a President!
May 12 - August 24 @ Eisenhower Presidential Library Lobby
Growing up in Abilene, Kansas, Fitzwater looked up to Dwight D. Eisenhower as a hometown hero. Fitzwater earned a journalism degree from Kansas State University then embarked on a career that eventually lead to a decade of service in the White House, from 1983 to 1993. Fitzwater, the only press secretary in history to be appointed by two Presidents, recently donated his personal papers to his alma mater. The Eisenhower Presidential Museum is pleased to collaborate with Kansas State University to bring this extraordinary exhibit to Fitzwater's hometown. "Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House" will be on display from May 12 to August 24, 2017 and will feature items from his distinguished career as Press Secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush
June 25, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
Mark Gilder, born and raised in Dickinson County, Kansas, attended the University of Kansas, and Kansas State University; he received his MFA from Kansas State University. Mark currently resides in Dickinson County. Mark is an artist in residence, and his artwork is available for purchase. There are over 35 pieces in this collection of sketches, and prints made by the intaglio process.
This exhibit is made possible through the generous donations of the Inga Bow Memorial, through the Community Foundation of Dickinson County, Bob Bow, Dennis Medina, and the Arts Council of Dickinson County, whose mission is to act as a coordinating, educational, & service organization to foster, promote, encourage & increase the knowledge of the arts.
June 26, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 26, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
June 27, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 27, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
June 28, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 29, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 30, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 30, All Day @ Abilene Community Center
How are your flowers blooming? This class will answer questions you have to continue to have a prosperous flower bed or find out why certain ones are not flourishing..
Instructor: Joy Maas
Joy does the flowers in the Rose Garden, and parks within the City of Abilene as well as other places throughout the City.
June 30, 7:30 PM - July 9 @ Great Plains Theatre
Step into the life of a woman desperate to make it in showbiz, even if she has to use her daughters to do it! Gypsy puts a coy smile of the faces of family and fame, winking at the audience all the while. Rated PG.
July 1, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
July 1, 10:00 AM - July 4, 2:00 PM @ Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad
Ride the historic Excursion Train pulled by a restored steam engine. Learn about early train history in Abilene, Kansas, and create a memorable outing great for the whole family!
July 1, 7:00 PM @ Dickinson County Heritage Center
Discover life on the prairies and in the Wild West with this lecture series sponsored by the Dickinson County Heritage Center