Kansas Eisenhower museum renovation to be completed by 2019
ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — Renovation of the 25,000-square-foot (2322-sq. meter) Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas is underway with plans to reopen in 2019.
The museum is scheduled to reopen on the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported . The Allies invaded western Europe during World War II under the leadership of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 6, 1944.
The museum closed last month for an extensive renovation. Dawn Hammett, director of the Eisenhower campus, said museum exhibits have been moved to the library, and the campus’ other four buildings remain open.
Hammett said the overhaul of museum is needed to allow staff to modernize technology and exhibits. The museum will feature new graphic panels, display cases, theater experiences and digital interactive stations.
“I think the opportunities to delve more deeply into any given topic with the use of our media components is going to be the part that’s most interesting or most unique compared to what it was,” Hammett said. “Our media components are still under design, so we don’t have a final plan for that, but perhaps there’ll be a station where you can learn a little bit more about America’s build up to the war, troops, what was going on in the home front, so you get more information than just what’s on the exhibit walls.”
The renovations, which have an estimated cost of $9.75 million, were made possible by donations to the Eisenhower Foundation and with lead gifts made by the Hall Family Foundation, the William T. Kemper Foundation and the Sunderland Foundation.
Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com