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Thursday, October 6, 2011

150a. Eisenhower Museum Complex

Our next adventure October 1 took us to the Eisenhower Museum Complex.  Beside the museum itself (check out our next blog) there are other facilities on the complex you can visit.  There is of course the visitor center/gift shop, Eisenhower's boyhood home, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, and the Place of Meditation.   We were glad we had enough time to check them all out.  Angel was impressed to see the solar panels on the complex grounds.  We were also impressed that all buildings are wheelchair accessible and have a lift to help avoid the stairs.

Eisenhower's Boyhood Home
You do have to sign up for a tour at the visitor's center before you can go in.  But, the tour is free and only about 15 minutes.  It is definitely worth checking out.

Check out the horn hat rack on the corner of the door
Mrs Eisenhower used to bake several loaves of bread per day and keep them in here.
Every family needs a family Bible
Eisenhower Presidential Library
The Library part housing books is not open to the public.  However, you can see a special exhibit.  Right now it happens to be "Quilts of Valor" and they are absolutely amazing.  There is also a meeting room that we could look into and were impressed with the display of flags.  Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower are in there too.  :)
Angel was so thankful for the wheelchair lifts

The Place of Meditation
The Place of Meditation is a quiet chapel with a fountain in the courtyard.  There are beautiful stained glass windows and a few pews to sit and spend some quiet time with God.  It also happens to be the final resting place of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower and their oldest son, Doud.  It is difficult for Angel to get the sense of peace and be able to spend time with God, when this is technically a mausoleum.  Maybe that's just a personal thing though. 

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