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The drive back to Lake Wabunsee from Abiline, Ks. The drive was through the flint hills.  We went through Alma, Ks from Eskridge, Ks. Great scenery but windy roads so a 15 mile drive might take 20 – 30 minutes. Well worth the drive if you like to drive and see the scenery. It is referred to as the Native Stone Scenic Byway. This drive allows you to see old fences that were built by local rocks and used by ranchers as an alternate to using medal and wooden posts. 

  

Eisnhower child hood home.  It was very small by today’s standards.  Many of the items on the inside were original to the family home. Much of the tour was confined to a small section of hallway.  The upstairs is off limits to the public. They have a guided tour. That part of the tour lasts about 20 minutes.

  
  

A picture of the museum on the outside.

  

A few vehicles from the period.

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A painting by Adolf Hitler.  He was actually denied access to art school for not being able to draw people.  Art takes many forms and not always in the shape of people! Just saying! I am pretty sure Picasso was not penalized for not drawing his people to scale especially in any Pablo Picasso painting.  For what it’s worth he was actually a good artist.  Just think how the world could have been different if he would have been accepted into art school instead.  The possibilities….

  

Another Adolf original. He was actually a pretty good artist.

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A view of the entire campus.  A very nice campus. A great place to take the family. Lots of open space for kids to play. 

  

The statue of General Eisnhower.

 

Even though World War 2 seems to be taught a lot in schools it was still very educational.  It covered all the countries small and large in the war.  Even Asia.  For me when I was in school Asia was never really covered or very much.  Which, it seems like anymore more schools focus on Adolf Hitlers rise to power, the Holocaust, the war on both fronts and post war.  Very little seems to be covered of the other countries that were victims of the war or involved in the war.  

There have been countless biographies and auto biographies about General Eisnhower so I will not take a chance on trying to cover his accomplishments and life story in a short blog. All I will say is he is and was one of the people that made the transition from military life to politician successfully.  He guided the country through World War 2 and through civil rights. The general was not without his faults but they were so few to count.  He was probably one of the Presidents to be well like nationally and internationally.  During his presidency he put into place term limits.  Before that time it was more of a guideline or a gentlemens agreement to not exceed two limits.  Until then it had been followed tell President Roosevelt. 

In the actual museum they have a section all about hi wife Mamie Eisenhower.  Much of it covered fashion and how important she was during her time as First Lady. The First Lady always plays a major role in the presidents life.  Following the small section about Mamie Eisenhower the museum begins to discuss her husband. Much of it covers the time during the Cold War. 

There is lots of information on Richard Nixon as well. Richard Nixons parts do not cover Waterhate or anything during his presidency. It actually paints a positive picture of him.

They had a temporary exhibit there when my wife and I were there. Normally, temporary exhibits are maybe a year. This exhibit I think had been there for three years. I believe it was coming to close not long after Valentine’s Day. The exhibit was called World War 2 Remembered. This exhibit had a lot of reading. This part of the visit easily took about 45 minutes and we did not read every word. It was very good.

There was a small chapel on site where the Presidenent and his wife were buried with one of their sons.  Well worth the stop.

The description of the World War 2 Rememebrered which was located in the museum states as follows: 

(The core exhibit located in the Museum Temporary Gallery provides an overview of World War II. The chronology of the war is located on your right-hand side while more in-depth information is provided on your left. Artifacts bringing the story to life are intermingled throughout the entirety of the exhibit. Focusing on the personal stories of unsung heroes and the lesser-known events of the war, World War II Remembered showcases the major theaters of the war and special units including the Tuskegee Airmen and Native American Code Talkers. Discover the brave contributions of the Ritchie Boys – Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Germany who returned to Europe as U.S. soldiers. In addition, the exhibit features the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front. Artifacts bringing the story to life are intermingled throughout the entirety of the exhibit. The curatorial staff is pleased to display rare artifacts from our very own holdings alongside those borrowed from collections around the world.

Following the core exhibit, you will find the supplemental exhibits that will be completely changed out approximately every nine months.) (Website)

The other exhibit located in the Library which was called: Be Ye Men of Valour: Allies of World War II

(“Centuries ago words were written to be a call and a spur to the faithful servants of Truth and Justice: ‘Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation….'” –Winston Churchill, 19 May 1940

This exhibit strives to tell the untold and forgotten stories of the many allies involved in the war effort. While it was major industrial powers like the United States, England, and the Soviet Union that provided the bulk of manpower and resources, dozens of other Allies selflessly spent blood and treasure of their own to defeat the Axis powers. This exhibit explores the important victories, defeats, personalities, and causes associated with the lesser-known Allied nations and resistance groups.) (Website)

The museum is worth the visit if you have the time.  It could take you a 2-3 hours depending on the exhibits they have at that time.  Defenatly a good day trip.  Not much left in Abilene it self.  A few restaurants and a few small sites. It is not far from Fort Riley.   

Extra Reading:

http://www.travelks.com/ksbyways/native-stone/

https://www.eisenhower.archives.gov

https://eisenhower.archives.gov/ww2_remembered.html

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