The close relationship between two of the greatest leaders of the 20th century has led officials at the National Churchill Museum and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum to announce a partnership that they believe will prove mutually beneficial for the institutions.
"This is an exciting new opportunity for us to cross promote our museums, generate new visitors to both and share resources," says Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum.
Museum officials are exploring the possibilities of artifact and speaker exchanges, joint programs and shared events among the activities.
"Our partnership will promote the legacies of leadership left to us by two of the greatest statesmen of the 20th century, "says Karl Weissenbach, Director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.
"This partnership will allow people along the Interstate 70 corridor to learn about two men who became friends and remained close until their deaths," says Havers. "They both had colossal front seats for World War II and the Cold War. Eisenhower and Churchill were very different, partly because of age and partly because of life experiences," Havers said. "But each had a mutual respect for the other and their friendship was forged during the war and continued until Churchill's death. Eisenhower spoke at Churchill's funeral."
The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution, houses the materials and objects related to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's life. Originally dedicated on Veteran's Day, 1954, the Museum contains over 30,000 square feet of gallery space showing not only the fine art objects collected and given to Eisenhower but the story of his career as military leader and 34th President of the United States. The Museum is divided into five galleries: the Introductory Gallery, Mamie Eisenhower Gallery, Military Gallery, Presidential Gallery and Temporary Gallery, where a new exhibit is presented periodically.
Pictured above from left to right are: Tim Rives, Eisenhower Library Deputy Director/Supervisory Archivist; Liz Murphy, Churchill Museum Curator/Archivist; Kit Freudenenberg, Churchill Museum Director of Development; Karl Weissenbach, Eisenhower Library Director; Rob Havers, Churchill Museum Executive Director; Mandy Plybon, Education Coordinator; and Sara Winingear, Churchill Museum Asst. Director.