Inspired by the life and career of General and 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, a new Eisenhower Exhibit Spotlight is now open to the public in the Museum Lobby at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. The introductory exhibition is included with a ticket to the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience or the Museum Experience exclusively at the Museum & Visitor Center.
The exhibit Is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Pritzker Military Foundation, on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.
The new Eisenhower Exhibit Spotlight provides ticketholders to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center an introduction to General and President Eisenhower’s Gettysburg farm—the Eisenhower National Historic Site. The spotlight explores the history of Eisenhower’s life as a Soldier, General, President and Citizen, as well as a nod to Eisenhower’s leadership. The new Eisenhower Exhibit Spotlight features historic information and photos, several artifacts and a panel including a historic photo background of Eisenhower on the Gettysburg battlefield that provides visitors a unique photo opportunity.
“The Gettysburg Foundation is pleased to offer this new and unique exhibit spotlight for visitors to the Museum & Visitor Center. Guests can reflect on Eisenhower’s military career, political career and his community life, as well as the farm’s history as a weekend retreat for “Ike” and Mamie and a gathering place for world leaders,” said David Malgee, interim president of the Gettysburg Foundation. “We are thankful for the Pritzker Military Foundation’s commitment and support in creating the new spotlight for visitors to experience. We are pleased to partner with the Eisenhower National Historic Site on the content and creation of the exhibit as another exclusive resource at the Museum & Visitor Center that introduces visitors to an iconic leader and historic site in Gettysburg,” added Malgee.
“The staff at Eisenhower National Historic Site provided tremendous help shaping the exhibit through diligent research and important insight into the life of General Eisenhower and his time at the farm,” said Steven D. Sims, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.
After experiencing the Eisenhower Exhibit Spotlight inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, visitors are encouraged to go prepared and tour the Eisenhower National Historic Site, which provides guests with an intimate look at the home life of President Dwight and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. Renovated in the early 1950s, the home served as a weekend getaway for the President and a meeting place for world leaders. Retiring to the farm in 1961, the Eisenhowers gifted the property to the federal government in 1967. The farm was designated as a National Historic Site in 1969. Today, the site currently offers visitors a self-guided tour of the grounds including its gardens, teahouse, skeet range, putting green and barns. Visitors are invited to drive directly to the historic site with on-site parking available.
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The Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s mission is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and to develop appropriate programs focusing on the citizen soldier in the preservation of democracy. The Museum & Library is open to the public and features an extensive collection of books, artifacts and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military. From its founding in 2003, it is a center where citizens and soldiers come together to learn about military history and the role of the military in a democracy. The Museum & Library is a non-partisan, non-government information center supported by its members and sponsors.