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The 2023 annual program theme is Difficult Decisions. Join us all year for a deep dive into the challenges faced during the Eisenhower era.


Abilene, Kan. - The public is invited to join the October Lunch & Learn scheduled for Thursday, October 26, at noon central time via YouTube Livestream.

Joining us remotely for this program is Christopher Coes with the U.S. Department of Transportation. This lecture will explore the difficult decisions of where to build interstates, both past and present. The discussion will examine the impact of these decisions on historically marginalized communities and the country more broadly. Additionally, Coes will explore how the current approach to the interstate system is changing as we plan for a more resilient, sustainable, and prosperous future for everyone.

Christopher A. Coes was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy on May 26, 2022. In this role, he is responsible for recommending overall surface transportation policy initiatives. Mr. Coes received a BA/MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University.


The 2023 Lunch & Learn 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