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 18, 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 19, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 20, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 20 - June 23 @ Abilene Municipal Airport
The Air Race Classic is coming to Abilene! The ARC the epicenter of women's air racing. Pilots range in age from 17 to 90 years old. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds including students, teachers, doctors, airline pilots, business owners, professionals and air traffic controllers.The race route changes each year, approximately 2,400 statute miles in length. with 8 or 9 timing points.
June 21, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 21 - June 24 @ Sterl Hall
Halfway Home Greyhound Adoption is planning the most ambitious and exciting Greyhound Gathering June 21 - 24, 2017, in the heart of greyhound country Abilene, Kansas. We will be celebrating our greyhounds and the people that love them. We have added an additional day!! Wednesday, June 21 will a fun filled afternoon of exploring Abilene, visiting the antique malls, Old town Abilene, Eisenhower Library, and the famous carousel. The day will end with a FREE cookout at Eisenhower Park located next to Sterl Hall, followed by a greyhound pet parade, with the public invited. Won't you please join us for the Heart of America Greyhound Gathering! The event will be held at Sterl Hall, Abilene's main event venue, and will include many interesting and fun things to do.
June 22, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 22, All Day @ Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home
Enjoy cookies and lemonade and help celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Eisenhower Boyhood Home opening! Admission to the museum is free all day long!
June 23, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 24, All Day @ Dickinson County Arts Council
June 24, 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.
June 24, 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