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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 attend the May Lunch & Learn scheduled for Thursday, May 25, at noon central time either in person or online. The program will be held in the library building indoor courtyard and will begin promptly at noon. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 a.m. A light box-lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

Guest speaker Larry Tye will join us to discuss the complicated relationship of President Eisenhower with Joseph McCarthy. Eisenhower Presidential Library Director Dawn Hammatt will moderate the conversation with Tye.

Larry Tye, author of Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, got first and exclusive access to all of McCarthy's personal and professional papers. This collection was closed to researchers for more than 60 years due to donor restrictions. Based on his extensive research, Tye surmises President Eisenhower waited longer to bring down McCarthy than many of his advisors thought he should. This resulted in McCarthy ruining even more lives and further disrupting the operations of the Senate and the nation.

Library building indoor courtyard
Arrive by 11:45 a.m.
Box lunch provided on a first come, first served basis
Park in the south parking lot nearest the library building

Stream on YouTube Live

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