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Military historian to assess Abilene's influence on Eisenhower

ABILENE — A retired Army officer and military historian will visit the Eisenhower Library Saturday to discuss Dwight Eisenhower’s “growing-up” years in Abilene and how they influenced his development as a leader.

Retired Lt. Col. Carlo D’Este, who wrote the biography “Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life,” will give the keynote speech in a presentation that will also feature two Abilene High School students, Haylee Steffen and Alex Campbell, presenting insights from their own research on Eisenhower’s early years.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, 200 S.E. 4th St., Abilene.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to 250. To RSVP, call 785-263-6700 or 877-746-4453.