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Newly-renovated Eisenhower museum opening D-Day 2019

ABILENE, Kan. (KSNT) - Wednesday is the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Kansan Dwight Eisenhower’s presidential library and museum in Abilene is working to commemorate his command of the Allied forces during the D-Day beach landing. 

Eisenhower helped plan the almost 133,000 troop landing. The library and museum director, Dawn Hammatt, said he personally rallied his troops the night before the invasion.

“He was with his troops to make sure they knew that he was with them, that he was supporting them,” Hammatt said.

The Eisenhower museum has been closed since May for renovations. Hammett said parts of the museum and its exhibits had been added onto at different times and the additions weren’t cohesive.

She said the renovations will weave quotes from Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower into the museum displays to connect the exhibits.

“We're telling the story from Ike and Mamie's point of view, and we're going to clearly follow Ike's life from his birth to his internment here on this campus,” she said.

When it's finished, the museum will have new video and interactive digital displays. The museum is set to reopen next year on D-Day June 6, 2019.

That day will be the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy beach. The library, boyhood home, visitors center and place of meditation remain open while the museum is being renovated.

You can find more information about the renovation by going to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum website.



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