If you find yourself in Abilene, Kansas this Labor Day weekend, it’s your last chance to see the 8 Wonders of Kansas exhibit at the Dwight D. Eisenhower presidential library. The exhibit is free.
Of course, if you’re looking for a real thrill…
Pick a weekday that isn’t a federal holiday for behind-the-scenes look at the Suez Crisis through the eyes of Eisenhower. As told by JTA just over half a century ago:
[Eisenhower] disclosed that Secretary [John Foster] Dulles kept careful records of conversations involving the President’s stand on Israel and the Suez crisis. He said these documents would be placed in the memorial library at Abilene, Kansas.
If you follow the road to Abilene, Herbert L. Pankratz, Eisenhower library archivist, offers these tips:
The Dulles Papers are divided into a number of series. The Telephone Conversation Series, Box 11 has memoranda of telephone conversation between the President and Secretary Dulles for Oct. to Dec. 1956. The White House Memoranda Series, Box 4 also has some memos of meetings with the President on the Middle East in 1956. The finding aid to this collection is available on our web site http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov . Go to the section on "Research" and click on "Finding Aids" and scroll down to Dulles Papers.
For those who prefer exhibits to research rooms, here’s a glimpse at "8 Wonders:"