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"People are what count. A sympathetic understanding of the aspirations, the hopes and fears, the traditions and prides of other peoples and nations, is essential to the promotion of mutual prosperity and peace.” ~ Dwight Eisenhower, May 25 1956

Abilene, Kan. - The next program in the Evenings at Ease series is Tuesday, August 10 at 7 p.m. central time featuring guest speaker Merrill Atwater. This online presentation will begin right at 7 o'clock, so please sign in 10 minutes early.

Merrill Atwater is the CEO with People to People International (PTPI). The People to People Program was officially launched by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 11, 1956. After witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust, President Eisenhower recognized the surest way to break cycles of fear and misunderstanding was for people to understand one another. He envisioned programs such as city affiliations, pen-pals, stamp exchanges, international sporting events, musical concerts, hospitality programs, theatrical tours and book drives as the means to achieving that goal - a critical goal in the existing Cold War climate. PTPI’s Global Network ensures that immersive experiences and intentional cross-cultural education help everyday citizens become leaders who understand others and make a difference.

Phone: 617-675-4444‬ / PIN: ‪372 476 184 7986‬#
[Please join 10 minutes early so the program may begin on time.]

The 2021 Evenings at Ease series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation with generous support from the Jeffcoat 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