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Abilene, Kan. - The next Lunch & Learn program is Thursday, September 26 at noon in the Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitors Center Auditorium, 200 SE 4th, Abilene. Free and open to the public, a light lunch is included on a first come, first serve basis.

Troy Elkins, Registrar at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, presents this month's Lunch & Learn topic. In 1920, Marine Corps senior staff selected LTC Earl Hancock "Pete" Ellis to modernize its war plans. Originally from Pratt, Kansas, Ellis developed a strategy for Marine response in case of a future war in the Pacific. That plan served as a guide, preparing Marines for operations in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

In addition to his role as registrar, Elkins is a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University, studying education and doctrine development in the Marine Corps between WWI and WWII. Pete Ellis figures prominently in his study. Elkins was drawn to Ellis’s story because because of his Kansas connection as well as Elkins own service with the Marines.

The Lunch & Learn series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation and 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