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
August 11, 7:30 PM - August 20 @ Great Plains Theatre
As the 20th century dawns, the separate worlds of New York City begin to blur together to tell their stories. Ragtime shines a light of the disparate lives of Harlem musicians, Upper-Middle Class families, and Immigrants, all while weaving their tales together in brilliant musical style. Rated PG-13.
August 22, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
August 22, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
August 24 - October 17 @ Eisenhower Presidential Library Lobby
This traveling exhibit, created by Symphony in the Flint Hills in partnership with Flint Hills Design and Lost Trail Soda, invites visitors of all ages to explore the Chisholm Trail from its inception in the 1860s to today. Exhibit highlights include an interactive musical exploration of the scores of verses to the cowboy song, “The Old Chisholm Trail,” video and audio clips of movies and songs that reference the Chisholm Trail.
August 26, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM @ Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad
Ride the regular excursion train from Abilene to Enterprise departing at 10:00 AM. Transfer to the Silver Flyer Railbus at the Enterprise Depot for a short tour of the city of Enterprise. The railbus will then set on the rails on the east edge of Enterprise for a 12 mile ride on the historic and scenic stretch of our railroad between Enterprise and Woodbine that our train does not have access to. Upon arrival in Woodbine you will have lunch (included) and will then return to Enterprise by road which will include a driving tour of the historic stone houses in the German, English, and Swedish settlements along the way. You will then board the afternoon regular train in Enterprise for the final segment of the trip back to Abilene arriving at approximately 3:30 PM.
August 26, 7:00 PM @ Great Plains Theatre
Bluegrass/Folk/Country music concert