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Monuments Men Founder to Keynote VE-Day 70th Anniversary at Eisenhower Presidential Library

ABILENE, Kan. – Robert M. Edsel, Founder and Chairman of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, will be the keynote speaker at the Victory in Europe (VE-Day) 70th Anniversary Commemoration marking the end of World War II in Europe. The program is set for May 8, 7 p.m. at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitors Center Auditorium.

“We are pleased to have Robert Edsel as the keynote speaker at our VE-Day 70th Anniversary commemoration,” states Karl Weissenbach, Director. “The message he brings regarding the preservation of cultural treasures throughout the world is as relevant today as it was during World War II.”

Edsel is the  #1 New York Times bestselling author of three non-fiction books, Saving Italy: the Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, and Rescuing Da Vinci. A film based on Edsel’s book, The Monuments Men, directed by and starring Academy Award winner George Clooney, was released in February 2014.

In November 2014, Edsel was presented with the “Records of Achievement Award” from the Foundation for the National Archives. The award recognizes an individual whose work has fostered a broader national awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original records.

Edsel’s remarks will provide perspective on the lessons learned about the preservation of cultural treasures during World War II under the leadership of Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower. He will also discuss the challenges confronting us today as we bear witness to the destruction of cultural treasures in Syria and Iraq by the Islamic State (ISIS).

In addition, Edsel will unveil a major initiative to engage the public in the hunt for some of the hundreds of thousands of works of art and other cultural treasures still missing since World War II.

Copies of Edsel’s books, Saving Italy and The Monuments Men, as well as the DVD of The Monuments Men film will be available for purchase in the Presidential Gift Shop. Following the program, Edsel will be available to autograph the items.

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Ike Needs You!

ABILENE, Kan. – Do you enjoy meeting people from all over the world? Love history? Want experience for that college or job application? Then we have the opportunity for you!


Volunteers are needed immediately to assist staff in providing tours of the Boyhood Home at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene this summer. As a volunteer guide you will be a steward of the rich history of the Eisenhower family and Abilene, Kansas. No experience necessary-we’ll train you to greet visitors and provide tours of the home where President Eisenhower grew up and the family resided until his mother, Ida Eisenhower, passed away in 1946.


Applicants for these volunteer positions must be at least 16 years old and able to pass a background check, and must commit to working a 4 hour shift at least once per week through August. Training on the Eisenhowers and Abilene will be provided; your people skills, enthusiasm, and sense of humor will do the rest!
Please contact the volunteer coordinator by calling 785.263.6700 or email for additional details.

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Author to speak at Eisenhower Library about the privatization of national security

ABILENE, Kan. –  Author Ann Hagedorn will speak about the privatization of American’s national  security at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home on Thursday, September 11. The free public program begins at 7 p.m. in the Visitors Center Auditorium.

Hagedorn’s latest book, The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security, was released in August. It is an investigation into the world of private military contractors. The book exposes where this industry came from, how it operates, where it’s heading, and why we should be concerned.


Hagedorn has been a writer for The Wall Street Journal, special projects editor for the New York Daily News and has taught writing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her previous books are Savage Peace, Beyond the River, Ransom and Wild Ride.


Copies of The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security will be for sale at the Presidential Gift Shop. A book signing will follow the presentation.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.