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Abilene, Kan. - The August Evenings at Ease program scheduled for Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m. central time features guest speaker Dr. Will Hitchcock. This program will be held online only.

For many years after he left office, Eisenhower received poor marks from historians and political journalists. He was considered a mere caretaker who presided over a period of quiet prosperity. In fact, as this lecture will show, Eisenhower was one of the most consequential presidents of the postwar era, managing the Cold War with skill, generating economic growth, and taking important strides to advance Civil Rights. Ike led with integrity and became one of the most admired presidents of the past century. 

William I. Hitchcock is the William W. Corcoran Professor of History at the University of Virginia and serves as the faculty director of Governing American in a Global Era, or GAGE. His work and teaching focus on the global history of the 20th Century, in particular the era of the two world wars and the cold war. A graduate of Kenyon College and Yale University, he is the author of The Age of Eisenhower and The Bitter Road to Freedom: The Human Cost of Allied Victory in World War II Europe, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

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The 2022 Evenings at Ease series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation with generous support from the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation.

About the Eisenhower Presidential Library

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of 15 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. They preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible in part through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, visit