2022 Annual Eisenhower Society Birthday Commemoration

Join us on Saturday, October 15, 2022 for the Society’s 53rd commemoration of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birth.

At 12 noon. a short program, scholarship presentations, and a wreath laying at the Eisenhower statue will be held outside the Eisenhower House, President Eisenhower’s retirement office at Gettysburg College. Everyone is welcome at the wreath laying free of charge.

Following the wreath laying, join the Eisenhower Society at 1 p.m.for a buffet luncheon at the Historic Dobbin House, 89 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg. The buffet menu includes Chicken Coq Au Vin, Baked Ham with Pineapple Raisin Sauce, and Penne Pasta and Tomato Sauce. Vegetables include Rice Pilaf, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Buttered Dilled Carrots, and Green Beans Almondine. A 25-item salad bar, fresh baked breads, and desserts including Fudge Brownies, Blueberry Trifle, Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce and Colonial Pudding Cake will also be available.

Our luncheon speaker this year is Dr. Michael J. Birkner, Professor of History at Gettysburg College, where he has taught since 1989. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, including works on Daniel Webster, James Buchanan, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. His Eisenhower publications include a volume co-edited with Devin McKinney, Encounters with Eisenhower; a co-authored work (with Carol Hegeman), Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm; and a young adult biography Dwight D. Eisenhower: America’s 34th President published by Scholastic Press. Birkner has written numerous articles on the Eisenhower presidency and on Eisenhower’s Chief of Staff, Sherman Adams. His most recent book is Democracy’s Shield: Voices of World War II (2022).

Professor Birkner’s talk is entitled Eisenhower’s Recreation and Relationships. As Birkner notes, “Dwight Eisenhower’s accomplishments grew out of a robust work ethic. But Ike knew how to relax as well—most notably, as a devoted golfer.” This program will examine the 34th president’s close friendships and the recreation he most enjoyed, particularly during his post presidency. In 19th century terms, Eisenhower was a “compleat man.” This illustrated talk will explore Eisenhower’s varied interests and the friends with whom he enjoyed pursuing them.

Guests are welcome to join Dr. Birkner for a book signing of his latest book, Democracy’s Shield: Voices of World War II following the program. Books will be available for sale at the event.

Luncheon tickets are $35.00 per person or $200 for a table of six. Please reserve early has sold out for the last several years! For information on sponsorships, please contact Executive Director Carol Hegeman at 717-398-2349.

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