The Eisenhower Presidential Center, in Abilene, Kansas was started in 1962 to honor
remember Dwight David Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States (1953-1961).
The Center includes the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Eisenhower Museum,
Eisenhower's boyhood home, the Place of Meditation, and a Visitor Center.
The Eisenhower Home, in Abilene, was the house where U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower lived with his five brothers from 1898 to 1911, when he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at age 20.
In 1898 Eisenhower's father, David Jacob Eisenhower, and his wife Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower, bought the house from David's uncle Abraham. David and Ida lived in the house until their deaths in 1942 and 1946.
The two story wood frame house has a hipped roof with a central chimney. There is a one story addition on the east side, a porch on the south side, which is the front of the house, and a small porch on the west side. The lower level has a parlor, dining room and kitchen. The upper level has two large bedrooms and one small bedroom.
After Ida's death the Eisenhower brothers gave the house and its contents to a memorial foundation for preservation. The house is operated as a museum on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Center, which houses Eisenhower's presidential library and gravesite. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 25, 1971.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Museum is filled with history documenting Presidential Eisenhower's life. The Museum includes the war gallery, a section about Mamie's "style," and a section on Ike's election and presidential years.
The Eisenhower Library includes 480 manuscript collections; over 300,000 still photographs; thousands of hours of motion picture film, audio tapes and discs; oral history transcripts; 25,000 books and many other objects. But, you can't see the collections. The library has just one gallery open to the public. This is one of the thirteen presidential libraries under the auspices of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). (For the record, at the left of screen you can see a link for our visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library a few years ago.)
The Place of Meditation is a combination chapel and resting place for Mamie and Ike Eisenhower.
The Visitors Center has a fantastic gift shop filled with souvenirs and memorabilia of the visit
Open 362 days a year 9am - 4:45pm
8am- 5:45pm from Memorial Day until mid-August
The Eisenhower Presidential Center
200 Southeast Fourth Street