2022 Annual Eisenhower Society Birthday Commemoration
We commemorated Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Birthday on Saturday, October 15, 2022
Every year the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society commemorates Eisenhower’s birth on the Saturday closest to October 14. At 12 noon. a short program, scholarship presentations, and a wreath laying at the Eisenhower statue was held outside the Eisenhower House, President Eisenhower’s retirement office at Gettysburg College. Readings from Eisenhower’s books and writings as well as four Scholarships and the J. Milnor Roberts ROTC Award were presented. Our thanks to the Allied Veterans Honor Guard for presenting the colors and playing Taps at the conclusion of the program.
Following the wreath laying, the Eisenhower Society members and guests enjoyed a buffet luncheon at the Historic Dobbin House, 89 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg. Our luncheon speaker this year was 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 was entitled “Eisenhower’s Recreation and Relationships.” As Birkner noted, “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 examined 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 explored Eisenhower’s varied interests and the friends with whom he enjoyed pursuing them.
Following the program, guests were welcome to join Dr. Birkner for a book signing of his latest book, Democracy’s Shield: Voices of World War II. Books were available for sale at the event.
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