Wednesday, May 23, 2012

'I Like Ike'

Over the weekend, Hubby and I took a trip down the road to Abilene, KS to visit the Dwight D. Eisenhower Museum and childhood home. I had been before when I was in elementary school but Tucker had never been. Not many people know that Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, The museum is very nice and features Eisenhower, as well as, WWII memorabilia. Pretty interesting, if you ever get the chance to check it out!

It's so neat to see and take a tour through Eisenhower's childhood home. Eisenhower's family lived in the home from 1898 to 1946 and the home is furnished with all of the original furnishings. They also had a huge garden planted with all of the vegetables and plants that Eisenhower's mother used to grow for the family. They built the Museum, Eisenhower Research Library and Place of Meditation (Eisenhower, his wife Mamie and their son, Doud Eisenhower are actually laid to rest inside this building) around the family home.

The museum had a lot of pieces from Mamie Eisenhower's wardrobe and Jewelry on display. Love the fashion and the glitz and glamour from those days.
This teacup and saucer is part of the service for 16 that Mamie used in the Whitehouse and I have the same one!!! I saw it in the glass case and I snapped a picture of it because I was certain it was exactly like mine. Went home and compared and by golly they were the same! :)
They had all of the different WWII uniforms on display, Eisenhower's 42' Car that he drove while in Europe, All of the different weapons used and so many WWII artifacts, letters, etc. It was quite an impressive collection. Definitely worth the $20 to get in and a day well-spent.


  1. how cool I love visiting places like this

  2. How nice. I love to visit museums that show homes from the past. By the way, I just read an interesting article in a newspaper here in Sweden on the topic of famous people´s homes becoming museums. There it said that in America it´s really common that well-known politicians homes become museums. That is something that never happens in Sweden. I wonder why; it would be so interesting to visit museum homes like that in Sweden too :)

    1. It is really neat to actually go inside and see where this great president spent his childhood and to learn what their home life was like. I learned that Eisenhower actually went against his parent's wishes and went into politics. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. How neat! sounds like a really fun day trip. That house is beautiful too, what a lovely place it must have been to grow up in!