There are several places of interest in Abilene, but by the time we got there it was after 1 PM. It was obvious that we only had time to take in the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. I didn't think we'd get through it in that length of time, but it turns out there aren't nearly as many exhibits as the Truman Library. We had exactly the amount of time we needed to take in everything. In the Presidential Library, there was a timeline of World War I; now, Cliff and I are familiar with this timeline, since we've visited the World War I museum in Kansas City several times. However, this timeline included information on where Ike was at various points during the war.
We read several interesting stories:
The following story illustrates how badly Ike wanted to join the fighting in Europe.
Of course I bought an expensive coffee mug, because that's what I do. As I drink my morning coffee, I can reminisce about the places I've forced Cliff to take me. I wonder if I'll be able to get an Arlo Guthrie coffee mug when we go to his concert. Hmmm.
I have fond childhood memories of Eisenhower: My parents were non-voting Republicans, and always spoke positively of him. Besides, we had a president who looked like somebody's grandpa, and what kid doesn't love a grandpa?
Perhaps we'll see the interesting places in Abilene that we didn't have time for on our next trip to visit Maxine. I'll leave you with a picture I've already shared on Facebook. It's me, my nephew Larry (Maxine's son), and my lovely sister. Larry's wife had gone to spend some time with one of their sons and his family in Oklahoma, but we had a wonderful visit with Maxine and Larry.