March 1, 2017 - March 1, 2018, All Day @ 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, All Day @ 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!
April 23, 2017 - April 29, 2017, All Day
April 21, 2017, 5:00 PM - April 23, 2017 @ Fairgrounds
Hosted by Reitz & Rust Outdoor Vintage Market, campers will have the chance to show off their vintage camper or glamper all weekend and be entered in for cash prizes!
April 24, 2017 - April 29, 2017, All Day
Greyhounds race and compete in the National Greyhound Association Spring Track meet.
April 24, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
April 25, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
April 29, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Great Plains Theatre
Lone Chimney Films in association with Sperra Studios will present their newest film Home on the Range on Saturday, April 29 at 6 pm at the Great Plains Theater, Abilene, KS. Admission is $7.
The film tells the story of the song, the cabin and the lawsuit that determined its origins. It has attracted both well-known actors and accomplished musicians as well.
Featured in the film are the talents of Rance Howard, Buck Taylor, Mark Mannette, Michael Martin Murphey, Darby Hinton, Skip Gorman, Mitch Holthus and many others, including several local actors. Musicians contributing to the project include the legendary rock band Kansas, Michael Martin Murphey, John McEuen, Skip Gorman, Jed Marum and many more.
The film was directed by Ken Spurgeon and was filmed in Smith Center, El Dorado, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas.