The basic function of the Library building is to provide a place for scholars to come to work in the rich historical materials housed there and to give information to the general public about the Presidency of this great man.
He was born David Dwight (Ike) Eisenhower on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas where his father David had found work as a railroad hand. He was the third of seven sons. The following year, the Eisenhowers returned to Kansas.
He was appointed to the United States Military Academy in 1911.
Mamie was born Mamie Geneva Doud on November 14, 1896, in Boone, Iowa. The second of four daughters born to Elivera and John Sheldon Doud, Mamie was only nine months old when her family moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mamie was a bright and vivacious young woman in the fall of 1915 when she and her family were visiting friends at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. It was during this visit that Mamie met then Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower. A young officer just out of West Point, Lt. Eisenhower courted Miss Doud throughout the autumn of 1915 and on February 14, 1916, they formally announced their engagement. At noon on July 1, 1916, the couple was married in the Doud family home in Denver.
The Eisenhowers had two children, Doud and John.
Eisenhower entered the miltary in 1911. His tours of duty took him all over the world and included time with Generals Fox Connor, Douglas McArthur and George Marshall. Upon leaving the miltary in 1948 he was president of Columbia University. In 1950, at President Truman’s request Eisenhower took a leave of absence from Columbia to command the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. As Supreme Allied Commender, Europe, during the following two years he would stay in touch with Columbia and especially with the American Assembly, a university innovation to which he had devoted substantial energy and time. On June 1, 1952 Eisenhower returned to the United States to campaign actively for the Presidency.
The Presidency: First Lady: Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower, Wife
• Dates of Presidency: 1/20/1953 – 1/20/1961
• Presidency Number: 34
• Number of Terms: 2
• Why Presidency Ended: End of 2nd term
• Party: Republican
• His Vice President(s): Richard M. Nixon
All buildings are open daily from 9 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. All buildings are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. A small fee is charged for the museum only.
Extended hours are observed during the summer from Memorial Day until mid-August.
NEW RESEARCH ROOM HOURS
Effective January 2, 2008, the Eisenhower Presidential Library will discontinue regular (9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m) Saturday research room hours. Beginning January 2, 2008, daily research room hours will be from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:45-5:15.
Museum Admission Fees (7/2007)
7 years and under – free
8 – 15 years – $1.00
Adults 16-61 years – $8.00
Seniors 62 years & older – $6.00
Parking is free. Spaces are available for tour buses and recreational vehicles.
The Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum is fully handicapped accessible. Wheelchairs are available upon request.
The Visitors Center orientation film is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. A tour of the Boyhood home is available for the hearing impaired. A braille brochure is available for the Museum’s Introductory Gallery. The First Ladies, Military and Presidential Galleries all have captioned segments on video.
Location: The Eisenhower Library is located about 2 miles south of I-70 on K-15. The complex consists of five buildings located on 22 acres. They include the Family Home, Museum, Library, Place of Meditation, and Visitors Center.
Contact: Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum
200 Southeast Fourth Street
Abilene, Kansas 67410
General phone number: 785-263-6700
Toll Free: 1-877-746-4453