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Abilene, Kan. - The public is invited to attend the October Lunch & Learn scheduled for Thursday, October 27 at noon central time either in person or online. The program will be held in the library building 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.

Melissa Davis will join us from the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, VA. The leadership style of General George C. Marshall encouraged soldiers to think critically and take initiative. With battles on six continents during World War II, these skills were crucial for commanders making decisions an ocean away from the Pentagon. Marshall had confidence in commanders and supported their decisions. Although Marshall and Eisenhower didn’t work together until late 1941, Eisenhower witnessed Marshall’s leadership style while Chief of Staff of the Army and adopted several of its tenets in his military and government service. Papers at the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, VA, trace this evolution of trust and confidence between the two generals.

Davis is the director of the George C. Marshall Foundation library and archives. Previously, she was an academic librarian specializing in history for 10 years. Melissa received her Master of Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, John, have three grown children, and three large rescue dogs. Melissa is known as the happiest librarian in the world! Keep up with her on twitter @MelissasLibrary.


  • Library building 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


The 2022 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