Eisenhower Museum unveils renovation

Eisenhower Museum unveils renovation

After being closed for a year-long renovation, the Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Ike’s hometown of Abilene will be rededicated on Oct. 12. The unveiling of the 25,000-square-foot museum was slated to coincide with the 75th anniversary year of D-Day, in which Eisenhower played a pivotal role. 

In addition to seven new films, the completely redone museum devotes more space to Mamie Eisenhower. Set on a 22-acre campus, the museum houses 70,000 artifacts pertaining to Eisenhower’s military and presidential career. 

The museum first opened not as a presidential museum but as a way to honor Abilene’s most famous son and the nation’s first five-star general, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was supreme allied commander during the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.  

Eisenhower was elected president in 1953, and the museum dedication took place on Nov. 11, 1954. Check dwightdeisenhower.com/or Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum on Facebook for more information. 

New issue of Wichita Times available

The July-December print edition of the Wichita Times is now available at local bookstores,70 hotels, the Wichita airport and other locations.

Read all about the national recognition Exploration Place and the Sedgwick County Zoo have received as well as how to find all of the Keepers on Parade.

There’s also a calendar of events, which is also online.

The July-December print edition of the Wichita Times is now available at local bookstores,70 hotels, the Wichita airport and other locations.
The July-December print edition of the Wichita Times is now available at local bookstores,70 hotels, the Wichita airport and other locations throughout Wichita.
Elephant habit one of best in U.S.

Elephant habit one of best in U.S.

The Sedgwick County Zoo’s Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley habitat was the second-place winner in the 2019 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Zoo Exhibit.

The zoo’s elephant habitat – the country’s third largest – encompasses five acres and a 550,000-gallon pool.  For more info, visit scz.org.

Aviation exhibit receives top-flight award

Aviation exhibit receives top-flight award

Wichita’s Exploration Place won a top award at the recent American Alliance of Museum’s 31st annual Excellence in Exhibition competition. 

The seven museums receiving awards included not just Exploration Place but also such notable institutions as the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago; the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; and the art museums of Colonial Williamsburg. 

Exploration Place received a special achievement award for Innovative Example of Intentional Practice for its Design Build Fly exhibition. After five years of planning, the 5,100-square-foot aviation exhibit gallery opened at the end of 2017 with dozens of hands-on activities related to Wichita’s aviation industry. 

The aviation exhibit is included in regular admission. For more information, visit exploration.org.