GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania — The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center has debuted a new exhibit, “Eisenhower’s Leadership from Camp Colt to D-Day.”
This exhibit, which runs through the end of the year, features a variety of objects from the Eisenhower National Historic Site museum, including equipment issued to an officer at Camp Colt, dog tags, an Army-issued cigarette lighter used by Dwight Eisenhower throughout World War II and a piece of barbed wire from the German defenses at Point du Hoc.
Eisenhower first came to Gettysburg to organize and lead Camp Colt in 1918. Following World War II, he and his wife, Mamie, returned to Gettysburg and purchased a farm in 1950.
When Eisenhower was elected as the 34th president of the United States in 1952, the Gettysburg farm became a getaway for the first family, welcoming both family and world leaders. They retired to the farm after Ike’s presidency.
Their home is open to the public as part of the Eisenhower National Historic Site, along with the barns and garages with Ike’s collection of cars and golf cars, as well as a working cattle farm.