I first visited the Eisenhower Center in October 1990 and during that visit I only allowed myself about 4-hours. There was so much to see here I had always wanted to return when I had more time. It took me almost 20-years but I finally made it back in March of 2010 and ended up spending the entire day in the Museum and strolling about the grounds. If you like history especially World War II history, then you can spend hours walking through the well laid out museum and reading about General and later President Dwight Eisenhower. Exhibits takes you through is family history leading up to the future Presidents Birth in Denison, Texas. The family moved to Abilene, Kansas and it was here that Ike called home, and it was here that the Eisenhower Center would be built around his boyhood home. The Eisenhower Center is made up of the Eisenhower Boyhood Home, The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and the Presidents final resting place in the Place of Meditation. The Grounds of the Eisenhower Center are beautiful and well manicure with a large statue of General Eisenhower standing on the East Lawn. The Place of Meditation is a small chapel where President and Mrs. Eisenhower are buried. It is a very quiet place, befitting it name, and during both my visits I found it to be a place where many World War II veterans come to not only pay their respects to their leader but also to reflect on life. Everyone I encountered at the Eisenhower Center was extremely nice, polite and very knowledgeable. I ended up spending the entire day at the Eisenhower Center and enjoyed it immensely. I would encourage anyone who is traveling anywhere in the area of Abilene, Kansas to take the time to visit the Eisenhower Center.
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