Eisenhower Library

The Eisenhower Library, or the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, as it is more officially known, honors the life of the 34th President of the United States. Among other things, visitors can see the home where the Eisenhowers lived from 1898 to 1946. The location of the Eisenhower Library is 200 Southeast 4th Street in Abilene Kansas. From the Kansas capital of Topeka, it is approximately an 85-mile drive west along Interstate 70. Born in Texas, Dwight moved with his family to Abilene in 1892 and always considered it to be his true home.

History

The Presidential Library system began in the late 1930s and includes 13 different establishments. These establishments are repositories for the papers, records, and other historical materials of every President of the United States since Herbert Hoover. The original dedication of the Eisenhower Library occurred on Veterans Day in 1954. The complex was built by the Eisenhower Foundation and remains a monument to one of the most important U.S. military and political figures of the 20th century.

Exhibits & Collections

Exhibits & Collections
Exhibits & Collections

As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Eisenhower Library visitors can see the home that the Eisenhower family resided in from 1898 to 1946. Among the things that are on display inside the residence are original furnishings. Other highlights of the complex include the Eisenhower Presidential Museum, the Library, the Visitors Center, and the Place of Meditation. The museum offers more than 30,000 square feet of gallery space, and among other things, it offers insight into Dwight D. Eisenhower’s prolific military career. At the library, scholars come to peruse a rich collection of materials that relate to the President’s life. The Place of Meditation is essentially a church and is Eisenhower’s final resting place. As for the name of the Place of Meditation, General/President Eisenhower wanted to provide visitors to his Museum and Library with a place where they could reflect on the ideals that made the United States the great country that it is. Over at the Eisenhower Library Visitors Center, visitors can watch a brief film on Eisenhower and see what’s on offer at the on-site gift shop.

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