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January

YEARLY OFFICIAL EVENTS SCHEDULES ---------- -



www.abilenecityhall.com/calendar.aspx

www.eisenhower.archives.gov/

Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
www.eisenhower.archives.gov/

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29KS0105001e001 - Abilene Statehood Ball - 2019 - Celebrate Kansas' birthday with an 1860's period dance at the Statehood Ball. This annual event is a fun activity for the whole family. The Kansas Brigade Band plays 1860's period music and many like to dress in period clothes and learn some of the dances that were popular in 1861. Although 1860's clothing is not required, dancers from all over the state come in period dress and join local residents. This is an event for the entire family. The ball begins with the "Grand March" and is follow by a waltz. Other dances scheduled include the Virginia Reel, the Jenny Lind Polka and the Hat dance. Refreshments will be served. 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

Address: Sterl Hall, County Fairgrounds, 619 N Rogers , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Web: www.heritagecenterdk.com
Fee: $6.00 for non-members, $4.00 for DCHS members, $2.00 for children under 12 years of age.

30 - 7KS0105001e019 - Abilene Seelye Mansion Christmas Tours - 2017 - . Holiday tours begin the day after Thanksgiving and continue to mid-January.

The Seelye Mansion is one of the finest homes in Kansas. A New York architect designed the new home in Georgian style for Dr. and Mrs. A.B. Seelye in 1904. It was built in 1905 at a cost of $55,000. The mansion contains the original furniture and Edison light fixtures. You will tour 25 rooms, including eleven bedrooms, ballroom, bowling alley, and kitchen areas. Special items of interest are the beautiful dining room, music room with gold French furniture and Steinway Grand piano, library, and the Tiffany-designed fireplace in the grand hall.

The Patent Medicine Museum contains many artifacts of the A.B. Seelye Medical Company. Founded in 1890, more than 100 products were sold over a 14-state area. Best known cure-alls included Wasa-Tusa, Fro-zona, and Ner-vena.

An important part of touring the Seelye Mansion is enjoying the beautiful yard and gardens that surround the historic home. The patio and fish pond have been restored using 1905 landscape drawings.

-----------CONTINUOUS GUIDED TOURS-----------Tours include mansion, gardens, and museum

. Holiday tours begin the day after Thanksgiving and continue to mid-January.



10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday thru Saturday

1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

ADMISSION
$10 Adults

$7.50 Groups of 10 or more

$5.00 Children age 6-16

$5.00 All youth groups



Address: 1105 N Buckeye , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1084 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: seelyemansion@yahoo.com
Web: www.seelyemansion.org
Fee: $10 Adults - $5 Children (6-12)

February

6 - 15KS0105001e164 - Abilene Heritage Art Show - 2016 - Students from all grades in Dickinson County have been invited to show off their works of art in the Heritage Art Show Hosted by the Dickinson County Heritage Center This event marks a great tradition of artwork presented by talented students of Dickinson County

The Heritage Center will host the Annual Heritage Art Show from February 7 through February 16. This show will present works of art from Dickinson County students.

There will be an opening reception held at the museum on Sunday, February 7, 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Cookies will be served for all who attend.

Adults: $6.00
Seniors (62 & over): $5.00
*Children (2-14): $2.00
Adult Carousel Ride: $2.00
Call for Group Rates of 8+

*Includes Carousel Ride

----------www.heritagecenterdk.com/-------------

Address: The Heritage Center, 412 S Campbell , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Web: www.abilenecityhall.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=
Fee: Adults $6, Seniors $5 & Children $2

March

26 - 28 WWII Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes - 2016 - The most inclusive commemoration in the nation of the pivotal events of World War II will be our last chance to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in person. Your support is critical to make this historic event possible.
The Greatest Generation answered the call. Will you?


EXHIBITS

Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
- Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
- Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
- Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
- Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
- Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

World War II reigns as humanity's greatest conflict, ending in cataclysmic destruction, incalculable death, and the massive displacement of entire populations. Its impact is still felt today. Yet for most young people this epic global event has little meaning beyond an unread chapter in a lifeless textbook or the manic challenge of a popular video game. Harnessing the historical treasures of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the educational components of Wold War II Remembered will address this growing deficit in our national memory. Exhibit-based and online curricula, in addition to interactive social media applications, will be developed. All will feature rich primary source material from our vast repository of history. School transportation stipends will bring buses of students to experience the exhibits first hand, while distance-learning programming will take the exhibits to far-flung classrooms. Equipped with stipends, classroom teachers will deepen their knowledge of World War II through hands-on archival research and scholarly conferences.
- Exhibit-based educational materials
- Teacher workshops and research stipends
- Feature new primary sources from the archives
- School transportation stipends for underserved constituencies
- Interactive learning and social-media application
- Experiential-learning materials and programming
- Distance-learning opportunities

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
- Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
- Military band concerts and other musical programs
- Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
- Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
- POW camps discussion forums
- World War II legacy symposiums
- Homefront war effort programs
- "Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
- World War II Re-enactors

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Admission Charged

28 Paul Royer Film Series - March 1 Funny Face, Visitors Center Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
March 8, An Affair to Remember, Visitors Center Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
March 15,A Hatful of Rain, Visitors Center Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

All of the films will be in the Library Auditorium this year, 7 pm, free popcorn and soft drinks. Construction in the VC so things moved to Library Auditorium. Guests can park in staff lot and come in through the east staff door. Those needing handicapped accessible parking can come in through the loading dock.

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Visitors Center Auditorium, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov
Fee: Free to the Public

7 Paul Royer Film Series - March 1 Funny Face, Visitors Center Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
March 8, An Affair to Remember, Visitors Center Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
March 15,A Hatful of Rain, Visitors Center Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

All of the films will be in the Library Auditorium this year, 7 pm, free popcorn and soft drinks. Construction in the VC so things moved to Library Auditorium. Guests can park in staff lot and come in through the east staff door. Those needing handicapped accessible parking can come in through the loading dock.

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Visitors Center Auditorium, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov
Fee: Free to the Public

11 - 24KS0105001e002 - Abilene Ida Stover Eisenhower Memorial Quilt Show - The Dickinson County Historical Society will hold its Annual Ida Stover-Eisenhower Memorial Quilt Show beginning Monday, running through Sunday at the Heritage Center, 412 S. Campbell St., Abilene, KS.

29th Annual Ida Stover-Eisenhower Memorial Quilt Show
Monday, March 12th - Sunday, March 25th
The 29th Annual Ida Stover-Eisenhower Memorial Quilt Show gives local quilters a chance to show off their amazing talents and imaginations. Join us at the Dickison County Heritage Center to see all the incredible entries and stories of the quilts' histories.

Time:
All Day

Time Details:
9am-3pm Monday-Friday 10am-5pm Saturday 1pm-5pm Sunday

Location:
Dickinson County Heritage Center

Address:
412 S Campbell St
Abilene, KS 67410

Contact:
785-263-2681

Cost:
Regular Museum Admission Seniors(62 and older) $5 Adults(15-61) $6 Children(2-14) $2
Links:
https://www.facebook.com/events/173900946725231/
More Details

Address: Heritage Center, 412 S Campbell , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Web: www.heritagecenterdk.com
Fee: Adults $6, Seniors $5 & Children $2

14 Paul Royer Film Series - March 1 Funny Face, Visitors Center Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
March 8, An Affair to Remember, Visitors Center Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
March 15,A Hatful of Rain, Visitors Center Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

All of the films will be in the Library Auditorium this year, 7 pm, free popcorn and soft drinks. Construction in the VC so things moved to Library Auditorium. Guests can park in staff lot and come in through the east staff door. Those needing handicapped accessible parking can come in through the loading dock.

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Visitors Center Auditorium, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov
Fee: Free to the Public

30 Easter Bunny on the Train - 2018 - The Abilene Parks & Recreation Department along with the Abilene and Smoky Valley Excursion Train provide a holiday treat. Enjoy the company of the Easter Bunny on a beautiful train ride. 1pm.

Ride the rails with the Easter Bunny

Train leaves at 1pm, cost is $10/person.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-7266 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: aprd@abilenecityhall.com
Web: www.abilenecityhall.com/index.aspx?NID=9
Fee: $10 per person

April

29 - 27 WWII Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes - 2016 - The most inclusive commemoration in the nation of the pivotal events of World War II will be our last chance to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in person. Your support is critical to make this historic event possible.
The Greatest Generation answered the call. Will you?


EXHIBITS

Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
- Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
- Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
- Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
- Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
- Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

World War II reigns as humanity's greatest conflict, ending in cataclysmic destruction, incalculable death, and the massive displacement of entire populations. Its impact is still felt today. Yet for most young people this epic global event has little meaning beyond an unread chapter in a lifeless textbook or the manic challenge of a popular video game. Harnessing the historical treasures of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the educational components of Wold War II Remembered will address this growing deficit in our national memory. Exhibit-based and online curricula, in addition to interactive social media applications, will be developed. All will feature rich primary source material from our vast repository of history. School transportation stipends will bring buses of students to experience the exhibits first hand, while distance-learning programming will take the exhibits to far-flung classrooms. Equipped with stipends, classroom teachers will deepen their knowledge of World War II through hands-on archival research and scholarly conferences.
- Exhibit-based educational materials
- Teacher workshops and research stipends
- Feature new primary sources from the archives
- School transportation stipends for underserved constituencies
- Interactive learning and social-media application
- Experiential-learning materials and programming
- Distance-learning opportunities

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
- Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
- Military band concerts and other musical programs
- Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
- Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
- POW camps discussion forums
- World War II legacy symposiums
- Homefront war effort programs
- "Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
- World War II Re-enactors

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Admission Charged

6KS0105001e054 - Abilene Eisenhower Registration & Marathon - The Eisenhower Marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. It is an all paved course (traffic detoured until 1pm.) There will be a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and a community walk.

Register to run part of the Historical Chisholm Trail in our 34th President's hometown of Abilene.

RACE INFORMATION


MARATHON:
$500 for 1st overall (both for men and for women)
$300 for 2nd overall (both for men and for women)
$200 for 3rd overall (both for men and for women)
All marathon finishers receive finishers medals.

Additional 1st, 2nd, 3rd place medals given to both men and women in each age group.


Entry Fee:
$80, (late registration after March 1, $90)


HALF-MARATHON:
$150 for 1st overall (both for men and for women)
$100 for 2nd overall (both for men and for women)
$75 for 3rd overall (both for men and for women)
All half-marathon finishers receive medals.


Medals to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place (both men and women) all age groups.


Entry Fee:
$50, (late registration after March 1, $60)


10K: $30 ($40 late)
5K: $25 ($35 late)
Community Walk: $20

Medals to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, (both men and women in each age group), both 5K & 10K. All receive Eisenhower Marathon ribbons, including Community Walkers.


Traffic will be detoured 7am - 1pm

Address: St. Andrew's Parish Hall, 311 S Buckeye , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-3474 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhowermarathon@yahoo.com
Web: www.eisenhowermarathon.com/

15 - 20KS0105001e052 - Abilene National Greyhound Association Spring Meet - Abilene National Greyhound Association (NGA) holds a Spring and Fall meet so enthusiasts can interact and search for the next champion racer. Abilene has long been known as the Greyhound Capital of the World. The sport has a long and colorful history and has been known as the "Sport of Queens." The greyhound has been clocked up to 45 miles an hour.

Address: National Greyhound Assoc. Headquarters, 729 Hwy 40 , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-4660 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.ngagreyhounds.com

19 Easter Egg Hunt & Roll - Hunt for Easter Eggs on the Eisenhower Presidential Grounds at 1pm, free to the children.

There will also be other games played.

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library Grounds, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-7266 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: rectech@abilenecityhall.com
Web: www.abilenecityhall.com/index.aspx?NID=9
Fee: Free to the Children

May

28 WWII Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes - 2016 - The most inclusive commemoration in the nation of the pivotal events of World War II will be our last chance to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in person. Your support is critical to make this historic event possible.
The Greatest Generation answered the call. Will you?


EXHIBITS

Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
- Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
- Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
- Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
- Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
- Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

World War II reigns as humanity's greatest conflict, ending in cataclysmic destruction, incalculable death, and the massive displacement of entire populations. Its impact is still felt today. Yet for most young people this epic global event has little meaning beyond an unread chapter in a lifeless textbook or the manic challenge of a popular video game. Harnessing the historical treasures of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the educational components of Wold War II Remembered will address this growing deficit in our national memory. Exhibit-based and online curricula, in addition to interactive social media applications, will be developed. All will feature rich primary source material from our vast repository of history. School transportation stipends will bring buses of students to experience the exhibits first hand, while distance-learning programming will take the exhibits to far-flung classrooms. Equipped with stipends, classroom teachers will deepen their knowledge of World War II through hands-on archival research and scholarly conferences.
- Exhibit-based educational materials
- Teacher workshops and research stipends
- Feature new primary sources from the archives
- School transportation stipends for underserved constituencies
- Interactive learning and social-media application
- Experiential-learning materials and programming
- Distance-learning opportunities

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
- Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
- Military band concerts and other musical programs
- Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
- Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
- POW camps discussion forums
- World War II legacy symposiums
- Homefront war effort programs
- "Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
- World War II Re-enactors

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Admission Charged

3 - 4KS0105001e174 - Abilene Flour Power Family Fun Fest - Flour Power Family Fun Fest is an annual family-friendly event held in Abilene, Kansas. Our seventh annual event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday! There is NO GATE FEE to attend Flour Power. Just come and enjoy the fun! All proceeds from Flour Power benefit Memorial Health Foundation in Abilene, which supports local nonprofit Memorial Health System in its mission to deliver the best possible health care to its served communities. If you are or your business is interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Memorial Health Foundation at (785) 263-6688. Come to Abilene for a fun-filled weekend! Abilene is located on I-70 and is home to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, The National Greyhound Hall of Fame, the Russell Stover Candies Outlet store, antique shopping, and more!

Address: Sterl Hall, County Fairgrounds, 619 N Rogers , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6688 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.caringforyou.org/flour/index.html

4 Abilene Fly-In Breakfast - 2017 - Always the first Saturday in May, 7 am-11 am. Pilots eat for free and other small admission charged. Pancakes, sausage and other items.

Address: Abilene Airport, 801 S Washington Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-3970 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.abilenecityhall.com
Fee: Admission Charged

4KS0105001e080 - Abilene Antique Telephone Show and Sale - 2016 - Antique Telephones on display and for sale from the beginning to present, along with Insulators on display and for sale.

Doors open to the public from 9am-3pm

Address: Sterl Hall, 619 N Rogers , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-817-6462 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: jrwllm@sbcglobal.net
Web: www.willtelcom.com/
Fee: Open to the public

4 - 26KS0105001e239 - Abilene Gunfighters & Can Can Dancers - 2016 - Come out to Old Abilene Town on the weekends to see the Gunfighters & Can Can Dancers in action!!

The Gunfighters
Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Sunday at 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm.

Typically before the Abilene & Smoky Valley Excursion Train leaves and when it gets back. The gunfighters do wait for the train to come back before they start the next show.

The Can Can Dancers
Saturday at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Sunday at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Come on down to Old Abilene Town and see all of the new improvements they are making, it's looking great!!

Address: Old Abilene Town, 100 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Fee: Free Will Donation
See us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Abilene-Town/110144392335944

18 - 20 Gunfighters & Can Can Dancers - 2016 - Come out to Old Abilene Town on the weekends to see the Gunfighters & Can Can Dancers in action!!

The Gunfighters
Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Sunday at 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm.

Typically before the Abilene & Smoky Valley Excursion Train leaves and when it gets back. The gunfighters do wait for the train to come back before they start the next show.

The Can Can Dancers
Saturday at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Sunday at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Come on down to Old Abilene Town and see all of the new improvements they are making, it's looking great!!

Address: Old Abilene Town, 100 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Fee: Free Will Donation
See us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Abilene-Town/110144392335944

25 - 27KS0105001e077 - Abilene #3415 Steam Engine Running - 2018 Steam Locomotive #3415 Operating Schedule


Be a Steam Engineer for a Day! - fare $1,000


Advance reservations required.


Call 888-426-8867 or 785-263-1077 for info and to reserve your spot.



Pulling our regularly scheduled trains on the following dates:


May 26 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (Will also pull the evening dinner train.)
May 27 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
May 28 (Mon) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
July 4 (Wed) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
July 28 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY
July 29 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
Aug 8 (Wed) - 10:00 a.m.
Sept 1 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sept 2 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
Sept 3 (Mon) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
* Oct 6 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. thru 3:00 p.m. - CHISHOLM TRAIL DAY
Oct 7 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m. - Last Steam Run of the Year

* Oct. 6 trips are short runs departing on the hour from the Dickinson County Heritage Center, half price fare
Ride in the cab of the Locomotive (round trip) - fare $100.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad, 200 SE FIfth , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: Adults $30 - Children $15

25KS0105001e178 - Abilene Silver Flyer Railbus - Ride the train from Abilene to Enterprise, then the Railbus from Enterprise to Woodbine. Lunch in Woodbine. Drive by stone houses, in the German & Swedish communities on the return trip to Enterprise. Return to Abilene by train. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS. May thru October, usually the last Saturday.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: Adults $55 - Children $45 under 12

25 Abilene & Smoky Valley - Steam Dinner Train - 2018 Steam Dinner Train Schedule

May 26, Sat, 6:30 pm - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
September 1, Sat, 6:30 pm - West’s Country Mart – Smoked Brisket

The remainder of our 2018 Spring and Fall dinner train schedule are posted on the website.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: $55 person

June

29 - 27KS0105001e193 - Abilene WWII Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes - 2016 - The most inclusive commemoration in the nation of the pivotal events of World War II will be our last chance to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in person. Your support is critical to make this historic event possible.
The Greatest Generation answered the call. Will you?


EXHIBITS

Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
- Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
- Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
- Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
- Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
- Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

World War II reigns as humanity's greatest conflict, ending in cataclysmic destruction, incalculable death, and the massive displacement of entire populations. Its impact is still felt today. Yet for most young people this epic global event has little meaning beyond an unread chapter in a lifeless textbook or the manic challenge of a popular video game. Harnessing the historical treasures of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the educational components of Wold War II Remembered will address this growing deficit in our national memory. Exhibit-based and online curricula, in addition to interactive social media applications, will be developed. All will feature rich primary source material from our vast repository of history. School transportation stipends will bring buses of students to experience the exhibits first hand, while distance-learning programming will take the exhibits to far-flung classrooms. Equipped with stipends, classroom teachers will deepen their knowledge of World War II through hands-on archival research and scholarly conferences.
- Exhibit-based educational materials
- Teacher workshops and research stipends
- Feature new primary sources from the archives
- School transportation stipends for underserved constituencies
- Interactive learning and social-media application
- Experiential-learning materials and programming
- Distance-learning opportunities

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
- Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
- Military band concerts and other musical programs
- Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
- Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
- POW camps discussion forums
- World War II legacy symposiums
- Homefront war effort programs
- "Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
- World War II Re-enactors

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Admission Charged

1KS0105001e175 - Abilene Symphony at Sunset-D-Day Commemorative-2016 - Symphony at Sunset...Annual D-Day Commemorative Concert with the Salina Symphony at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home outdoor concert at 8:30 p.m.

Bring your lawn chair and sunscreen.

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library Grounds, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Donations Accepted

8KS0105001e089 - Abilene Abilene & Smoky Valley - Dinner Train - June 9, Sat, 6:30 pm - West’s Country Mart—Prime Rib
June 23, Sat, 6:30 pm - Brookville Hotel – Fried Chicken
Sept 8, Sat, 6:00 pm - Brookville Hotel – Prime Rib
Sept 22, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 13, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Mr. K's Farm House - Prime Rib
Oct 20, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 27, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: $45 per person

8 Symphony in the Flint Hills - 2017 - Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. celebrates the history, ecology and culture of the last stand of native tallgrass prairie through music and place-based education. The organization’s Signature Event debuted in June 2006 and has sold out every year since. The symphony moves each year to a different site in the Flint Hills. To learn more, visit www.symphonyintheflinthills.org, “like” us at Symphony in the Flint Hills on Facebook, and follow us @SITFHs on Twitter.

Each year, we offer 5,000 General Admission tickets to our Signature Event. Tickets are announced in early Spring and available through the Kansas City Symphony Box Office by calling 816-471-0400, going online or visiting in person at 1703 Wyandotte, Suite 200 in Kansas City, MO. The Box Office opens at 10 a.m. Tickets are also available in person in Wichita at Dillards at Towne East Shopping Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 5 ONLY.


General Admission tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchases are limited to a maximum of six tickets per order and generally sell out quickly. Patrons (see below) are guaranteed tickets.


Patron Tickets


Patrons, which help support the year-round mission of Symphony in the Flint Hills, are guaranteed tickets to our Signature Event.


Patrons receive:
• Two tickets with reserved concert seating
• Option to buy up to two additional tickets
• Parking passes
• Admission to a patron reception and dinner
• A gift certificate for merchandise
• Access to the on-site hospitality tent
• Recognition in the program


Patron packages can be purchased online. For more information on our Patron Program, please call 620-273-8955 or email patrons@symphonyintheflinthills.org. Rain Plan


Weather in the Great Plains can be unpredictable. Should weather affect our ability to hold the Signature Event, it will be rescheduled for the following day.


Cancellations and Refund Policy


In the case of event cancellation on Saturday, June 14, 2014 a rain date concert is scheduled for Sunday, June 15, 2014. If both concerts are cancelled tickets will not be refunded. You may claim the price of the unused tickets as a charitable donation. Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc. is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization.


There will be NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.

Address: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 816-471-0400 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@symphonyintheflinthills.org
Web: www.symphonyintheflinthills.org/
Fee: Must have Reservations

22KS0105001e085 - Abilene Abilene & Smoky Valley - Dinner Train - June 9, Sat, 6:30 pm - West’s Country Mart—Prime Rib
June 23, Sat, 6:30 pm - Brookville Hotel – Fried Chicken
Sept 8, Sat, 6:00 pm - Brookville Hotel – Prime Rib
Sept 22, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 13, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Mr. K's Farm House - Prime Rib
Oct 20, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 27, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: $45 per person

22KS0105001e179 - Abilene Silver Flyer Railbus - Ride the train from Abilene to Enterprise, then the Railbus from Enterprise to Woodbine. Lunch in Woodbine. Drive by stone houses, in the German & Swedish communities on the return trip to Enterprise. Return to Abilene by train. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS. May thru October, usually the last Saturday.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: Adults $45 - Children $35 under 12

July

4KS0105001e006 - Abilene Old Fashioned 4th of July - Celebrates the 4th with a bang, mud volleyball and a variety of activities. The celebration has something for everyone. There is a Fun run, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, pedal power pull, kids' races and fireworks!

Address: Eisenhower Park , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-7266 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: aprd@abilenecityhall.com
Web: www.abilenecityhall.com/

4 - 29KS0105001e138 - Abilene #3415 Steam Engine Running - 2018 Steam Locomotive #3415 Operating Schedule

Steam Trains


Fare (steam powered trains)


Adults (age 12 and over): $30.00


Children (age 3-11): $15.00


Children 2 and younger: Free



All trips are narrated and last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.





Be a Steam Engineer for a Day! - fare $1,000


Advance reservations required.


Call 888-426-8867 or 785-263-1077 for info and to reserve your spot.



May 26 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (Will also pull the evening dinner train.)
May 27 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
May 28 (Mon) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
July 4 (Wed) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
July 28 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY
July 29 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
Aug 8 (Wed) - 10:00 a.m.
Sept 1 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sept 2 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
Sept 3 (Mon) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
* Oct 6 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. thru 3:00 p.m. - CHISHOLM TRAIL DAY
Oct 7 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m. - Last Steam Run of the Year

* Oct. 6 trips are short runs departing on the hour from the Dickinson County Heritage Center, half price fare
Ride in the cab of the Locomotive (round trip) - fare $100.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org/
Fee: Adults $30 - Children $15

28KS0105001e194 - Abilene WWII Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes - 2016 - The most inclusive commemoration in the nation of the pivotal events of World War II will be our last chance to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in person. Your support is critical to make this historic event possible.
The Greatest Generation answered the call. Will you?


EXHIBITS

Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
- Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
- Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
- Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
- Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
- Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

World War II reigns as humanity's greatest conflict, ending in cataclysmic destruction, incalculable death, and the massive displacement of entire populations. Its impact is still felt today. Yet for most young people this epic global event has little meaning beyond an unread chapter in a lifeless textbook or the manic challenge of a popular video game. Harnessing the historical treasures of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the educational components of Wold War II Remembered will address this growing deficit in our national memory. Exhibit-based and online curricula, in addition to interactive social media applications, will be developed. All will feature rich primary source material from our vast repository of history. School transportation stipends will bring buses of students to experience the exhibits first hand, while distance-learning programming will take the exhibits to far-flung classrooms. Equipped with stipends, classroom teachers will deepen their knowledge of World War II through hands-on archival research and scholarly conferences.
- Exhibit-based educational materials
- Teacher workshops and research stipends
- Feature new primary sources from the archives
- School transportation stipends for underserved constituencies
- Interactive learning and social-media application
- Experiential-learning materials and programming
- Distance-learning opportunities

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
- Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
- Military band concerts and other musical programs
- Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
- Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
- POW camps discussion forums
- World War II legacy symposiums
- Homefront war effort programs
- "Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
- World War II Re-enactors

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Admission Charged

28 - 30KS0105001e095 - Abilene Old Abilene Town 4th of July Celebration - On Friday, Old Abilene Town will celebrate the 4th of July. There will be a full day of activities, food and fun. You won’t want to miss out on the frontier fun, head to Abilene, “Where the Trial ends and the Legends Begins”.

There will be activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad will be running their restored 1919 Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 steam locomotive all three days. On Friday and Saturday the train will run at 10 am and 2 pm, on Sunday the train will run only at 2 pm. For cost information call 1-888-426-6687 (263-1077).

There will also be Gunfights all three days. On Friday and Saturday the times for the gunfights will be 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. On Sunday they will be at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Come and watch Wild Bill Hickok tame the streets of Abilene.

On Friday, the mayor of Old Abilene Town, T.C. Henry will begin the celebration with his annual 4th of July Speech at 11:15 am. T.C. Henry, portrayed by Jeff Sheets, will say a few patriotic words about the 4th of July in 1871.

The Old Abilene Town Can Can Dancers will perform in the Alamo Saloon on Saturday at 12 pm and at 1 pm. They will then perform on Sunday at 1 pm and at 2 pm.

Historic Abilene will also provide a picnic lunch served outside the Alamo Saloon on Friday and Saturday. The menu will consist of sloppy joes or hotdogs, baked beans, chips and watermelon with tea or lemonade to drink, all for only $5 a plate.

At 2:30 pm there will be old fashion races, including the hoop and stick race, the sack race and the three legged race. Kids of all ages can participate in the games.

While you are visiting Old Abilene Town you won’t want to miss a ride on the stagecoach. On Saturday and Sunday the stagecoach will be running. The cost for the stagecoach ride is $5 per adult 12 and over and children 11 and under is $2.

Throughout the Saturday, there will be a pioneer camp set up. The pioneer women will be demonstrating cooking over a camp fire and other pioneer activities.

Old Abilene Town is owned and operated by Historic Abilene, Inc., a non-profit organization which also operates the Hitchin Post Restaurant and the Gift Shop. If you are interested in becoming a member of Historic Abilene and want to help restore Old Abilene Town you may send a $25 membership to Historic Abilene, P.O. Box 337, Abilene, KS 67410. All other donations will be appreciated.

Historic Abilene is a proud member of the 5 STAR Museum District. Don’t forget to visit the Dickinson County Heritage Center, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, the Greyhound Hall of Fame and ride the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad. Abilene is where the Trails end and the Legends begins.

Address: Old Abilene Town, 100 SE Fifth , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2231 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tourism@abilenecityhall.com
Web: www.abilenecityhall.com
Fee: Vary, most is free

29 - 30 Gunfighters & Can Can Dancers - 2016 - Come out to Old Abilene Town on the weekends to see the Gunfighters & Can Can Dancers in action!!

The Gunfighters
Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Sunday at 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm.

Typically before the Abilene & Smoky Valley Excursion Train leaves and when it gets back. The gunfighters do wait for the train to come back before they start the next show.

The Can Can Dancers
Saturday at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Sunday at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Come on down to Old Abilene Town and see all of the new improvements they are making, it's looking great!!

Address: Old Abilene Town, 100 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Fee: Free Will Donation
See us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Abilene-Town/110144392335944

30 - 5KS0105001e017 - Abilene Central Kansas Free Fair - 2016 - The Central Kansas Free Fair is one of the largest in Kansas with a week of Carnival Fun! 3 Nights of Derby Fun! 4 Nights of Rodeo Action! Live Entertainment, Parade, and more! Vendors & Exhibits, Free Stage Entertainment, Youth Pedal Power Pull, Arm Wrestling Tournament, Fair Exhibits, Contests & Judging, Rodeo Dance, Cowboy Church Service and so much more fun!

Address: Sterl Hall, County Fairgrounds, 619 N Rogers , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-4570 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: ckffoffice@tctelco.net
Web: www.ckff.net

13 Ice Cream Social - 2015 - Come and have some FUN!!

7:00pm at The Heritage Center

Address: The Heritage Center, 412 S Campbell , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Web: www.heritagecenterdk.com/index.htm

20KS0105001e067 - Abilene National Day of the Cowboy - 2016 - Dust off your hat!! Come and Celebrate the day of the Cowboy!!

Stagecoach rides, gunfighters, steam engine is running and lots of fun games!!

From 10am to 8pm

Address: Old Abilene Town, 100 SE Fifth , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Web: www.heritagecenterdk.com/

20 - 21 Gunfighters & Can Can Dancers - 2016 - Come out to Old Abilene Town on the weekends to see the Gunfighters & Can Can Dancers in action!!

The Gunfighters
Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Sunday at 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm.

Typically before the Abilene & Smoky Valley Excursion Train leaves and when it gets back. The gunfighters do wait for the train to come back before they start the next show.

The Can Can Dancers
Saturday at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Sunday at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Come on down to Old Abilene Town and see all of the new improvements they are making, it's looking great!!

Address: Old Abilene Town, 100 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Fee: Free Will Donation
See us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Abilene-Town/110144392335944

21 Cowtown Classic Bike Ride - Ride through beautiful Dickinson County at the Cowtown Classic Bike Ride, offering 15, 30, 40 and 60-mile routes with all routes beginning and ending at Eisenhower Park in historic Abilene. Start at 7 a.m. SAG support vehicles and rest areas with food and drink approximately every 10 miles. Register at BikeReg.com under Cowtown Classic Bike Ride (designate Abilene, Kansas). Registration forms also obtained by calling 785-280-9709. Questions? Contact Cowtown Classic Bike Ride on Facebook. Fundraiser for Kids in Crisis in Dickinson County, serving needs of low-income children with more than 9,000 served since founding in 2007. Rain or shine event.

Address: 1109 N. Spruceway , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-3474 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: k.crisis@yahoo.com
Web: Cowtown Classic Bike Ride on Facebook
Fee: $35 entry for adults ($5 more after June 30)

27KS0105001e180 - Abilene Silver Flyer Railbus - Ride the train from Abilene to Enterprise, then the Railbus from Enterprise to Woodbine. Lunch in Woodbine. Drive by stone houses, in the German & Swedish communities on the return trip to Enterprise. Return to Abilene by train. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS. May thru October, usually the last Saturday.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: Adults $55 - Children $45 under 12

August

29 - 28KS0105001e195 - Abilene WWII Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes - 2016 - The most inclusive commemoration in the nation of the pivotal events of World War II will be our last chance to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in person. Your support is critical to make this historic event possible.
The Greatest Generation answered the call. Will you?


EXHIBITS

Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
- Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
- Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
- Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
- Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
- Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

World War II reigns as humanity's greatest conflict, ending in cataclysmic destruction, incalculable death, and the massive displacement of entire populations. Its impact is still felt today. Yet for most young people this epic global event has little meaning beyond an unread chapter in a lifeless textbook or the manic challenge of a popular video game. Harnessing the historical treasures of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the educational components of Wold War II Remembered will address this growing deficit in our national memory. Exhibit-based and online curricula, in addition to interactive social media applications, will be developed. All will feature rich primary source material from our vast repository of history. School transportation stipends will bring buses of students to experience the exhibits first hand, while distance-learning programming will take the exhibits to far-flung classrooms. Equipped with stipends, classroom teachers will deepen their knowledge of World War II through hands-on archival research and scholarly conferences.
- Exhibit-based educational materials
- Teacher workshops and research stipends
- Feature new primary sources from the archives
- School transportation stipends for underserved constituencies
- Interactive learning and social-media application
- Experiential-learning materials and programming
- Distance-learning opportunities

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
- Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
- Military band concerts and other musical programs
- Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
- Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
- POW camps discussion forums
- World War II legacy symposiums
- Homefront war effort programs
- "Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
- World War II Re-enactors

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Admission Charged

31 - 3KS0105001e007 - Abilene Annual Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo - 2016 - PRCA Rodeo at it's finest... grand entry, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping, women's barrel racing, bull riding!

Over 500 cowboys and cowgirls compete for over $37,500 in added prize money, plus entertaining specialty acts between events!

Address: Central KS Fairgrounds , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-4570 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: ckffoffice@tctelco.net
Web: www.wildbillhickokrodeo.com

31KS0105001e046 - Abilene Bulls-N-Broncs - 2016 - Bull and Bronc riding in the Tom Smith Arena during the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo days.

Address: Central KS Fairgrounds, 619 N Rogers , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-4570 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: ckffoffice@tctelco.net
Web: www.wildbillhickokrodeo.com

31 - 5KS0105001e143 - Abilene Central Kansas Free Fair - 2016 - The Central Kansas Free Fair is one of the largest in Kansas with a week of Carnival Fun! 3 Nights of Derby Fun! 4 Nights of Rodeo Action! Live Entertainment, Parade, and more! Vendors & Exhibits, Free Stage Entertainment, Youth Pedal Power Pull, Arm Wrestling Tournament, Fair Exhibits, Contests
& Judging, Rodeo Dance, Cowboy Church Service and so much more fun!

Address: Sterl Hall, County Fairgrounds, 619 N Rogers , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-4570 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: ckffoffice@tctelco.net
Web: www.ckff.net

1KS0105001e015 - Abilene Central KS Free Fair Western Parade - 2016 - Commercial, Non-Commercial & Youth Floats (4-H/FFA to Youth), Horses, Clowns, Bands, Farm Machinery, Elected Officials and Candy for the kids! Starts at 4 pm.

* Beginning at N. 7th & Buckeye
* Proceeding to NW 3rd & Buckeye
* Ending at NW 3rd & Washington

Address: Downtown Abilene from 7th St & Buckeye to 3rd St & Rogers , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-4570 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: ckffoffice@tctelco.net
Web: www.ckff.net/index.html

3KS0105001e100 - Abilene 19th Century Vintage Baseball Game - Abilene IronCutters Take on another team in Vintage Base Ball Game

The annual 19th Century Vintage Baseball game will be played on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. The "Abilene IronCutters" will face another team," donning uniforms from the 1860s. The game is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.

The game is played using base ball rules from the Victorian era, which are quite different from today's game. For instance, outfielders can catch the ball on one bounce for an out and base stealing and sliding are prohibited.

"This is a fun event, recreating the game from a bygone era," states Tim Rives, Deputy Director, Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. "We encourage individuals and families to take advantage of this great 'Americana' experience."

The event is free and open to the public. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and sunscreen. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made on Facebook or by calling 785.263.6700.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library Grounds, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Free to the Public

4 - 5KS0105001e013 - Abilene Demolition Derby - 2016 - 2 Nights of Derby Fun during the Central Kansas Free Fair!

Sunday: Auto Demolition Derby, (80 and Newer Modified) and Team Derby
Monday: Combine Demo Derby with Compact Figure 8 Race

Address: Central KS Fairgrounds , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-4570 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: ckffoffice@tctelco.net
Web: www.ckff.net

7KS0105001e139 - Abilene #3415 Steam Engine Running - 2018 Steam Locomotive #3415 Operating Schedule

Steam Trains


Fare (steam powered trains)


Adults (age 12 and over): $30.00


Children (age 3-11): $15.00


Children 2 and younger: Free



All trips are narrated and last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.





Be a Steam Engineer for a Day! - fare $1,000


Advance reservations required.


Call 888-426-8867 or 785-263-1077 for info and to reserve your spot.



May 26 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (Will also pull the evening dinner train.)
May 27 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
May 28 (Mon) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
July 4 (Wed) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
July 28 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY
July 29 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
Aug 8 (Wed) - 10:00 a.m.
Sept 1 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sept 2 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
Sept 3 (Mon) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
* Oct 6 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. thru 3:00 p.m. - CHISHOLM TRAIL DAY
Oct 7 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m. - Last Steam Run of the Year

* Oct. 6 trips are short runs departing on the hour from the Dickinson County Heritage Center, half price fare
Ride in the cab of the Locomotive (round trip) - fare $100.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org/
Fee: Adults $30 - Children $15

24KS0105001e181 - Abilene Silver Flyer Railbus - Ride the train from Abilene to Enterprise, then the Railbus from Enterprise to Woodbine. Lunch in Woodbine. Drive by stone houses, in the German & Swedish communities on the return trip to Enterprise. Return to Abilene by train. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS. May thru October, usually the last Saturday.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: Adults $45 - Children $35 under 12

September

29 - 27KS0105001e196 - Abilene WWII Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes - 2016 - The most inclusive commemoration in the nation of the pivotal events of World War II will be our last chance to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in person. Your support is critical to make this historic event possible.
The Greatest Generation answered the call. Will you?


EXHIBITS

Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
- Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
- Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
- Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
- Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
- Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

World War II reigns as humanity's greatest conflict, ending in cataclysmic destruction, incalculable death, and the massive displacement of entire populations. Its impact is still felt today. Yet for most young people this epic global event has little meaning beyond an unread chapter in a lifeless textbook or the manic challenge of a popular video game. Harnessing the historical treasures of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the educational components of Wold War II Remembered will address this growing deficit in our national memory. Exhibit-based and online curricula, in addition to interactive social media applications, will be developed. All will feature rich primary source material from our vast repository of history. School transportation stipends will bring buses of students to experience the exhibits first hand, while distance-learning programming will take the exhibits to far-flung classrooms. Equipped with stipends, classroom teachers will deepen their knowledge of World War II through hands-on archival research and scholarly conferences.
- Exhibit-based educational materials
- Teacher workshops and research stipends
- Feature new primary sources from the archives
- School transportation stipends for underserved constituencies
- Interactive learning and social-media application
- Experiential-learning materials and programming
- Distance-learning opportunities

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
- Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
- Military band concerts and other musical programs
- Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
- Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
- POW camps discussion forums
- World War II legacy symposiums
- Homefront war effort programs
- "Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
- World War II Re-enactors

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Admission Charged

31 Chisholm Trail Classic Car Show - Chisholm Trail Classic Car Show will be located in historic Abilene where cowboys roamed the streets in the 1800s at the end of a long cattle drive on the Chisholm Trail. Cash prizes and Trophies will be given to show winners. Excellent restaurant and snack vendors in show area. Live music, horseback rides and shoot-em-up cowboys performing nearby. Other activities at Old Abilene Town and Eisenhower Center as part of the pre-150th Chisholm Trail celebration.

Address: 209 Texas Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-410-1647 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 785-200-6600
Email: chisholmtrailclassicauto@yahoo.com
Web: www.chisholmtrailclassicauto.com
Fee: Free to public, $20 per car for cars displayed

31 - 2KS0105001e141 - Abilene #3415 Steam Engine Running - 2018 Steam Locomotive #3415 Operating Schedule

Steam Trains


Fare (steam powered trains)


Adults (age 12 and over): $30.00


Children (age 3-11): $15.00


Children 2 and younger: Free



All trips are narrated and last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.





Be a Steam Engineer for a Day! - fare $1,000


Advance reservations required.


Call 888-426-8867 or 785-263-1077 for info and to reserve your spot.



May 26 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (Will also pull the evening dinner train.)
May 27 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
May 28 (Mon) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
July 4 (Wed) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
July 28 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY
July 29 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
Aug 8 (Wed) - 10:00 a.m.
Sept 1 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sept 2 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
Sept 3 (Mon) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
* Oct 6 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. thru 3:00 p.m. - CHISHOLM TRAIL DAY
Oct 7 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m. - Last Steam Run of the Year

* Oct. 6 trips are short runs departing on the hour from the Dickinson County Heritage Center, half price fare
Ride in the cab of the Locomotive (round trip) - fare $100.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: Adults $30 - Children $15

31 Abilene & Smoky Valley - Steam Dinner Train - 2018 Steam Dinner Train Schedule

May 28, Sat, 6:30 pm - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
September 1, Sat, 6:30 pm - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken

The remainder of our 2018 Spring and Fall dinner train schedule are posted on the website.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: $55 person

31 - 2 Gunfighters - 2016 - Come out to Old Abilene Town on the weekends to see the Gunfighters in action!!

The Gunfighters
Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Sunday at 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm.

Typically before the Abilene & Smoky Valley Excursion Train leaves and when it gets back. The gunfighters do wait for the train to come back before they start the next show.

Come on down to Old Abilene Town and see all of the new improvements they are making, it's looking great!!

Address: Old Abilene Town, 100 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Fee: Free Will Donation
See us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Abilene-Town/110144392335944

7KS0105001e207 - Abilene Abilene & Smoky Valley - Dinner Train - June 9, Sat, 6:30 pm - West’s Country Mart—Prime Rib
June 23, Sat, 6:30 pm - Brookville Hotel – Fried Chicken
Sept 8, Sat, 6:00 pm - Brookville Hotel – Prime Rib
Sept 22, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 13, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Mr. K's Farm House - Prime Rib
Oct 20, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 27, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: $45 per person

21KS0105001e088 - Abilene Abilene & Smoky Valley - Dinner Train - June 9, Sat, 6:30 pm - West’s Country Mart—Prime Rib
June 23, Sat, 6:30 pm - Brookville Hotel – Fried Chicken
Sept 8, Sat, 6:00 pm - Brookville Hotel – Prime Rib
Sept 22, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 13, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Mr. K's Farm House - Prime Rib
Oct 20, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 27, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: $45 per person

21 Enterprise Fall Festival - Schedule of events to be coming soon!!

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Enterprise-Fall-Festival-134158450000641/

Address: America's Park, 307 S Bluff Street, Enterprise, KS 67441 , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-8400 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tpugh@dcbonline.net
Fee: Open to the public

October

28 - 29KS0105001e016 - Abilene Chisholm Trail Day Festival - 2016 - It’s time to saddle up and head to the Annual Chisholm Trail Day Festival, on Saturday at the Heritage Center Museum, 412 S. Campbell in Abilene, Kansas from 9 am to 4 pm. The admission is $6 per adults and children 12 and under is $2.

There will be lots of fun and activities for the whole family. There will be live entertainment on the main stage featuring Classic Heart playing great music of the 50's and 60's, Dave “Zerf” Zerfas singing Kansas Ballads and more. Zerf plays Kansas Ballads and Old Cowboy songs. There will be great music and entertainment all day long.

Registration begins at 8:00 am. There will be tractor games at 11:00 am and the Parade of Power will begin at 1:00 pm. Also there will be an antique tractor pull beginning at 2:00 pm.

There will also be a pedal tractor pull for kids four to twelve years of age. Registration will begin at 8 am and the pull will begin at 10:00 am. This activity will be free of charge.
Come and learn how the old crafts were done. There will be demonstrations on blacksmithing, chair caning, bread baking, molasses boiling, pioneer cooking, lumber sawing and much more.
Inside the Heritage Center make sure you visit the Mud Creek Quilters demonstrating the art of quilting. As a fund raiser the Dickinson County Historical Society will be giving away a beautiful hand quilted quilt at 3:30 pm. For a donation of $1.00 you will receive a chance on the drawing or for donating $5 you will receive 6 chances for the drawing.

For $1.00 the kids of all ages will enjoy riding on the 1901 C.W. Parker Carousel powered by the original steam engine. This carousel is a National Historic Landmark, a National Historic Carousel and was recently voted as one of top 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs. It is truly a national treasure and everyone needs to take a ride on it.

If you like trains come and ride the rails as the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad powers up their 1919 Santa Fe 4-6-2 “Pacific” #3415 Steam Locomotive. Relive the days of the steam powered trains. The train will run from 10 am to 3 pm on the hour.

During the day visit Old Abilene Town and watch Wild Bill Hickok tame the streets of Abilene in 1871. On Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm Bill Burrows will hold a “Cowboy Jam Session” at the Alamo Saloon.

There will be children activities as well as arts and crafts booths, folk craft demonstrations and the Farmers Market. Kasey the Clown will also be roaming the grounds during the day.
Don’t miss out on the fun and the excitement at the 36th Annual Chisholm Trail Day Festival. For more information call 785-263-2681 or check out the website www.heritagecenterdk.com or see us on Facebook at Dickinson County Heritage Center.

Address: Heritage Center, 412 S Campbell , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Web: www.heritagecenterdk.com
Fee: $6/person. $2/person (Ages 12 and Under)

28KS0105001e197 - Abilene WWII Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes - 2016 - The most inclusive commemoration in the nation of the pivotal events of World War II will be our last chance to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in person. Your support is critical to make this historic event possible.
The Greatest Generation answered the call. Will you?


EXHIBITS

Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
- Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
- Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
- Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
- Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
- Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

World War II reigns as humanity's greatest conflict, ending in cataclysmic destruction, incalculable death, and the massive displacement of entire populations. Its impact is still felt today. Yet for most young people this epic global event has little meaning beyond an unread chapter in a lifeless textbook or the manic challenge of a popular video game. Harnessing the historical treasures of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the educational components of Wold War II Remembered will address this growing deficit in our national memory. Exhibit-based and online curricula, in addition to interactive social media applications, will be developed. All will feature rich primary source material from our vast repository of history. School transportation stipends will bring buses of students to experience the exhibits first hand, while distance-learning programming will take the exhibits to far-flung classrooms. Equipped with stipends, classroom teachers will deepen their knowledge of World War II through hands-on archival research and scholarly conferences.
- Exhibit-based educational materials
- Teacher workshops and research stipends
- Feature new primary sources from the archives
- School transportation stipends for underserved constituencies
- Interactive learning and social-media application
- Experiential-learning materials and programming
- Distance-learning opportunities

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
- Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
- Military band concerts and other musical programs
- Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
- Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
- POW camps discussion forums
- World War II legacy symposiums
- Homefront war effort programs
- "Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
- World War II Re-enactors

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Admission Charged

28 - 20 Gunfighters - 2016 - Come out to Old Abilene Town on the weekends to see the Gunfighters in action!!
October 1-2 and 22-23.

The Gunfighters
Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Sunday at 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm.

Typically before the Abilene & Smoky Valley Excursion Train leaves and when it gets back. The gunfighters do wait for the train to come back before they start the next show.

Come on down to Old Abilene Town and see all of the new improvements they are making, it's looking great!!

Address: Old Abilene Town, 100 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Fee: Free Will Donation
See us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Abilene-Town/110144392335944

5 - 6KS0105001e157 - Abilene #3415 Steam Engine Running - 2018 Steam Locomotive #3415 Operating Schedule

Steam Trains


Fare (steam powered trains)


Adults (age 12 and over): $30.00


Children (age 3-11): $15.00


Children 2 and younger: Free



All trips are narrated and last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.





Be a Steam Engineer for a Day! - fare $1,000


Advance reservations required.


Call 888-426-8867 or 785-263-1077 for info and to reserve your spot.



May 26 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (Will also pull the evening dinner train.)
May 27 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
May 28 (Mon) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
July 4 (Wed) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
July 28 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY
July 29 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
Aug 8 (Wed) - 10:00 a.m.
Sept 1 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sept 2 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m.
Sept 3 (Mon) - 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
* Oct 6 (Sat) - 10:00 a.m. thru 3:00 p.m. - CHISHOLM TRAIL DAY
Oct 7 (Sun) - 2:00 p.m. - Last Steam Run of the Year

* Oct. 6 trips are short runs departing on the hour from the Dickinson County Heritage Center, half price fare
Ride in the cab of the Locomotive (round trip) - fare $100.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: Adults $30 - Children $15

7 - 12KS0105001e053 - Abilene National Greyhound Association Fall Meet - Abilene National Greyhound Association (NGA) holds a Spring and Fall meet so enthusiasts can interact and search for the next champion racer. Abilene has long been known as the Greyhound Capital of the World. The sport has a long and colorful history and has been known as the "Sport of Queens." The greyhound has been clocked up to 45 miles an hour.

Address: National Greyhound Assoc. Headquarters, 729 Hwy 40 , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-4660 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.ngagreyhounds.com

11 - 12KS0105001e108 - Abilene VFW Vigil - Goes from 4:30 pm on Friday through 7:00 am on Saturday morning, celebrating Dwight D. Eisenhower's Birthday Activities. Outside the Place of Meditation.

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Free to the Public

12 Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony - Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony, and American Legion Eisenhower Pilgrimage, celebrating Dwight D. Eisenhower's Birthday activities beginning at 10:30 am. The Pilgrimage & Luncheon immediately follows the Presidential Wreath Laying. Approximate start time is 10:45 am.

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 2 miles south of Abilene, exit of I-70. , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov

12KS0105001e209 - Abilene Abilene & Smoky Valley - Dinner Train - June 9, Sat, 6:30 pm - West’s Country Mart—Prime Rib
June 23, Sat, 6:30 pm - Brookville Hotel – Fried Chicken
Sept 8, Sat, 6:00 pm - Brookville Hotel – Prime Rib
Sept 22, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 13, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Mr. K's Farm House - Prime Rib
Oct 20, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 27, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: $45 per person

19KS0105001e208 - Abilene Abilene & Smoky Valley - Dinner Train - June 9, Sat, 6:30 pm - West’s Country Mart—Prime Rib
June 23, Sat, 6:30 pm - Brookville Hotel – Fried Chicken
Sept 8, Sat, 6:00 pm - Brookville Hotel – Prime Rib
Sept 22, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 13, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Mr. K's Farm House - Prime Rib
Oct 20, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken
Oct 27, Sat., 6:00 p.m. - Brookville Hotel - Fried Chicken

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: $45 per person

26KS0105001e183 - Abilene Silver Flyer Railbus - Ride the train from Abilene to Enterprise, then the Railbus from Enterprise to Woodbine. Lunch in Woodbine. Drive by stone houses, in the German & Swedish communities on the return trip to Enterprise. Return to Abilene by train. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS. May thru October, usually the last Saturday.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1077 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: asvrail@gmail.com
Web: www.asvrr.org
Fee: Adults $45 - Children $35 under 12

30KS0105001e144 - Abilene Howl-Oweenie Spooktacular - Abilene Parks and Recreation will be partnering with Old Abilene Town for this years event. The evenings activities have been moved to Old Abilene Town.

Come one, come all dressed in your Halloween costume (or not) and join in the fun. Events will include the 3rd Annual Pet Costume Contest, Costume Contest, Hayrack rides, Free Hotdogs, Hot Chocolate and of course, The Great Pumpkin Hunt. This will be an evening that you will not want to miss. This is a FREE event!

Pet Costume Contest
Howl-Oween is going to the dogs, cats, snakes, guinea pigs, and other pets once again. The Abilene Parks & Recreation will be hosting a Pet Costume Contest for all our furry and not so furry friends. Dress your pet in their favorite costume and bring them to this adorable event.

Start Time 7:00 Open to all ages FREE

Hayrack Rides
Start at 6:30 p.m. Last ride will conclude t approximately 7:55 p.m. All ages will enjoy a lovely Autumn ride around Old Abilene Town.

Costume Contest
Costumes must be self-contained. Connections to electrical sockets will not be available. Keep it fun and G-Rated. Judges for the Costume Contest are not eligible for the Costume Contest.

Costume Contest starts at 7:30 p.m. Open to all ages.

Great Pumpkin Hunt
Bring a flashlight to find goodies in the dark in the field just east of Old Abilene Town.

Starts at 8:00 p.m. For Pre-K through 3rd Grade

Address: Old Abilene Town, 100 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-7266 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: rectech@abilenecityhall.com
Web: www.abilenekansas.org
Fee: Free to the Public

November

29 - 26KS0105001e198 - Abilene WWII Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes - 2016 - The most inclusive commemoration in the nation of the pivotal events of World War II will be our last chance to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in person. Your support is critical to make this historic event possible.
The Greatest Generation answered the call. Will you?


EXHIBITS

Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
- Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
- Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
- Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
- Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
- Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

World War II reigns as humanity's greatest conflict, ending in cataclysmic destruction, incalculable death, and the massive displacement of entire populations. Its impact is still felt today. Yet for most young people this epic global event has little meaning beyond an unread chapter in a lifeless textbook or the manic challenge of a popular video game. Harnessing the historical treasures of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the educational components of Wold War II Remembered will address this growing deficit in our national memory. Exhibit-based and online curricula, in addition to interactive social media applications, will be developed. All will feature rich primary source material from our vast repository of history. School transportation stipends will bring buses of students to experience the exhibits first hand, while distance-learning programming will take the exhibits to far-flung classrooms. Equipped with stipends, classroom teachers will deepen their knowledge of World War II through hands-on archival research and scholarly conferences.
- Exhibit-based educational materials
- Teacher workshops and research stipends
- Feature new primary sources from the archives
- School transportation stipends for underserved constituencies
- Interactive learning and social-media application
- Experiential-learning materials and programming
- Distance-learning opportunities

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
- Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
- Military band concerts and other musical programs
- Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
- Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
- POW camps discussion forums
- World War II legacy symposiums
- Homefront war effort programs
- "Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
- World War II Re-enactors

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Admission Charged

2 - 3 Abilene Gun Show - Army Surplus Items - Knives - Coins - Reloading Supplies - Ballcards - Armed Security - Commissioned Law Enforcement Officers. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed.This gun show has been in operation since approximately 1987. Sufficient Parking. Excellent Long Time Dealers. Very Reputable Show.

Food served both days by Abilene Boy Scouts Troop #40

**Not Responsible for Accidents**

Contact Rip 785-263-5575 or 785-263-2054

Sat - 9am-5pm & Sun 9am-3pm

Address: Sterl Hall, 619 N Rogers , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-5575 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: abilenekans@yahoo.com
Web: gunshowtrader.com/gun-shows/abilene-gun-show/

10KS0105001e009 - Abilene Veterans Day Ceremony - Starts at 11am by the Pylons

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov
Fee: Free to the Public

22 - 29KS0105001e125 - Abilene Seelye Mansion Christmas Tours - Mrs. Seelye began the Christmas tradition with an open house in 1906. Today many guests enjoy seeing the Seelye Mansion in its Christmas setting. Decorated Victorian trees, red poinsettias everywhere, stairway greenery, and a collection of over 600 nutcrackers provide attractions throughout the house. Holiday tours begin the day after Thanksgiving and continue to mid-January. One of the "8 Wonders of Kansas" the mansion is especially beautiful during the holidays.

The Seelye Mansion is one of the finest homes in Kansas. A New York architect designed the new home in Georgian style for Dr. and Mrs. A.B. Seelye in 1904. It was built in 1905 at a cost of $55,000. The mansion contains the original furniture and Edison light fixtures. You will tour 25 rooms, including eleven bedrooms, ballroom, bowling alley, and kitchen areas. Special items of interest are the beautiful dining room, music room with gold French furniture and Steinway Grand piano, library, and the Tiffany-designed fireplace in the grand hall.

The Patent Medicine Museum contains many artifacts of the A.B. Seelye Medical Company. Founded in 1890, more than 100 products were sold over a 14-state area. Best known cure-alls included Wasa-Tusa, Fro-zona, and Ner-vena.

An important part of touring the Seelye Mansion is enjoying the beautiful yard and gardens that surround the historic home. The patio and fish pond have been restored using 1905 landscape drawings.

Tours:


Monday - Saturday 10am-4pm


Sunday 1-4pm


Grounds close at 6pm


Closed Christmas Day



Admission:


Adults $10.00


Groups of 10 or more $7.50


Children age 6-12 $5.00


All youth groups $5.00



Address: The Seelye Mansion, PO Box 337, Abilene, KS 67410


Phone: (785)263-1084


Email: seelyemansion@yahoo.com



Tours include mansion, gardens, and museum.

Address: Seelye Mansion, 1105 N Buckeye , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1084 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: seelyemansion@yahoo.com
Web: www.seelyemansion.org
Fee: $10 Adults - $5 Children (6-12); Group Rates

December

28 Christmas Tree Lane - Visitors to Abilene during the holiday season will enjoy the brightly lit Christmas trees along two avenues in Abilene. The Public Works Department obtains cedar trees, donated by area farmers and places them in the front yards of homeowners. The homeowners light and/or decorate the trees as they like.

A new addition are the snowflake lights and banners down Buckeye and Third Streets.

Address: Buckeye & Third Streets , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2231 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tourism@abilenecityhall.com
Web: www.abilenecityhall.com/index.aspx?NID=9
Fee: Free

28KS0105001e199 - Abilene WWII Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes - 2016 - The most inclusive commemoration in the nation of the pivotal events of World War II will be our last chance to honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in person. Your support is critical to make this historic event possible.
The Greatest Generation answered the call. Will you?


EXHIBITS

Beginning June 2013, a multi-year, multi-faceted large scale exhibit will occupy the Museum Temporary Gallery with rotational components in the Temporary Gallery, as well as throughout the remainder of the Museum. A large, supplemental exhibit focusing on the unsung Allies and heroes of the War will be located in the Presidential Library Gallery. Traveling and online exhibits will allow us to extend the benefit of the exhibits around the world. All of the exhibits will appeal to public interest and enthusiasm for World War II history without being a mere reiteration of famous American triumphs. The exhibits will also broaden the understanding of the era for visitors and increase appreciation for the difficulty and enormity of Eisenhower's job as Supreme Commander of all Allied forces in Europe. The War elsewhere will not be ignored. We will offer incisive examinations of theatres and battles around the world. We will also share the stories of such groups as the Tuskegee Airmen, Native American Code Talkers, the brave contribution of the Ritchie Boys, and the heroic stories of women at war and on the working home front.
- Most ambitious exhibit program to date: 10,000 square feet over 3+ years
- Wall-scale enlargements of never-before-seen images and documents
- Newly acquired and loaned artifacts from national and international museums and private collections
- Interactive stations encouraging visitors to follow individual soldiers and citizens through the war years
- Media stations with up-to-the-minute coverage of World War II memorial events around the globe

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

World War II reigns as humanity's greatest conflict, ending in cataclysmic destruction, incalculable death, and the massive displacement of entire populations. Its impact is still felt today. Yet for most young people this epic global event has little meaning beyond an unread chapter in a lifeless textbook or the manic challenge of a popular video game. Harnessing the historical treasures of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the educational components of Wold War II Remembered will address this growing deficit in our national memory. Exhibit-based and online curricula, in addition to interactive social media applications, will be developed. All will feature rich primary source material from our vast repository of history. School transportation stipends will bring buses of students to experience the exhibits first hand, while distance-learning programming will take the exhibits to far-flung classrooms. Equipped with stipends, classroom teachers will deepen their knowledge of World War II through hands-on archival research and scholarly conferences.
- Exhibit-based educational materials
- Teacher workshops and research stipends
- Feature new primary sources from the archives
- School transportation stipends for underserved constituencies
- Interactive learning and social-media application
- Experiential-learning materials and programming
- Distance-learning opportunities

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

A great assortment of public programs will complement our commemorative events. Symphonies and military band concerts, film series, world-class book talks and lectures, veterans' reunions, vintage military vehicle displays, and re-enactor encampments will bring history to life for visitors during the commemorative period.
- Symphony at Sunset annual D-Day concert - 1st Saturday of June
- Military band concerts and other musical programs
- Films - World War II, homefront, popular films of the time
- Allied and Axis propaganda films with guest lecturers
- POW camps discussion forums
- World War II legacy symposiums
- Homefront war effort programs
- "Untold Stories of World War II and Heroes" programs
- World War II Re-enactors

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Admission Charged

30 Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Show - 50-60 booths full of arts, crafts, gifts and food booths - some include Diane Litke's famous goodies and the Methodist Church, just to name a few.

Hours: 10am-3pm

Contact: June DeWeese

Address: Sterl Hall, County Fairgrounds, 619 N Rogers , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-3474 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tourism@abilenecityhall.com
Web: www.abilenekansas.org

30 - 1KS0105001e011 - Abilene Homes for the Holidays Tour - One of the many charms of Dickinson County is its magnificent collection of stately homes dating from the late 1800's and early 1900's. Working in conjunction with the Heritage Homes Association of Dickinson County, the first weekend of December you are invited to tour Historic Homes in the area which have been decorated inside and out for the holidays. Refreshments will be served at the Heritage Center.

You can purchase your tickets at the Heritage Center or at the Historic Union Pacific Depot, 201 NW Second, or phone 785-263-2231, 800-569-5915.

Tours are 4 to 8pm on Saturday, & 1 to 5pm on Sunday

Address: The Heritage Center, 412 South Campbell , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Web: www.heritagecenterdk.com
Fee: $10/person (Must have a ticket to tour)

30KS0105001e028 - Abilene Ladies Brunch & Annual Holiday Tea - The Arts Council of Dickinson County presents the Annual Ladies’ Holiday Brunch & Christmas Tea on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Courtyard. Come and join us for a scrumptious brunch and celebrate the season with a concert featuring many delightful holiday favorites. This year we are excited to collaborate with Applemint Catering to combine our annual Brunch and annual Victorian Tea. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Arts Council of Dickinson County, 203 N. Cedar, 263-1884. Advance tickets only.

The Ladies’ Holiday Brunch & Christmas Tea is presented in partnership with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in joint mission to promote the arts in Dickinson County.

The Arts Council of Dickinson County is a non-profit organization supported by its members and dedicated to promoting the arts among families in Dickinson County.

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Library Courtyard, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1884 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: vangie.4664@gmail.com
Web: www.applemintcatering.com
Fee: $15

30KS0105001e030 - Abilene Night of Christmas Magic & Tree Lighting - The Night of Christmas Magic is a family event in downtown Abilene with many different activities and attractions that everyone can participate in together. There will be horse drawn trolley rides, story telling, games, carolers, crafts, Christmas photos, live music and much more. Santa will be at the Civic Center for children to visit after the lighting of the Historic Depot. This event coincides with the "Home for the Holidays" tour.

Times vary between 2pm-8pm

Address: Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau, 201 NW Second , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2231 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tourism@abilenecityhall.com
Web: www.abilenecityhall.com/index.aspx?NID=9
Fee: Free

30KS0105001e123 - Abilene Seelye Mansion Christmas Tours - Mrs. Seelye began the Christmas tradition with an open house in 1906. Today many guests enjoy seeing the Seelye Mansion in its Christmas setting. Decorated Victorian trees, red poinsettias everywhere, stairway greenery, and a collection of over 600 nutcrackers provide attractions throughout the house. Holiday tours begin the day after Thanksgiving and continue to mid-January. One of the "8 Wonders of Kansas" the mansion is especially beautiful during the holidays.

The Seelye Mansion is one of the finest homes in Kansas. A New York architect designed the new home in Georgian style for Dr. and Mrs. A.B. Seelye in 1904. It was built in 1905 at a cost of $55,000. The mansion contains the original furniture and Edison light fixtures. You will tour 25 rooms, including eleven bedrooms, ballroom, bowling alley, and kitchen areas. Special items of interest are the beautiful dining room, music room with gold French furniture and Steinway Grand piano, library, and the Tiffany-designed fireplace in the grand hall.



The Patent Medicine Museum contains many artifacts of the A.B. Seelye Medical Company. Founded in 1890, more than 100 products were sold over a 14-state area. Best known cure-alls included Wasa-Tusa, Fro-zona, and Ner-vena.


An important part of touring the Seelye Mansion is enjoying the beautiful yard and gardens that surround the historic home. The patio and fish pond have been restored using 1905 landscape drawings.


Tours:


Monday - Saturday 10am-4pm


Sunday 1-4pm


Grounds close at 6pm


Closed Christmas Day



Admission:


Adults $10.00


Groups of 10 or more $7.50


Children age 6-12 $5.00


All youth groups $5.00



Address: The Seelye Mansion, PO Box 337, Abilene, KS 67410


Phone: (785)263-1084


Email: seelyemansion@yahoo.com



Tours include mansion, gardens, and museum.

Address: Seelye Mansion, 1105 N Buckeye , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-1084 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: seelyemansion.com
Web: www.seelyemansion.org/
Fee: $10 Adults - $5 Children (6-12); Group Rates

1KS0105001e012 - Abilene Christmas in the Cabin - Get ready for the Holiday Season by visiting the Heritage Center, the air will be filled with Christmas Magic.

On Saturday from 4 pm to 8 pm the Heritage Center will be the refreshment stop for the Homes for the Holidays Tour. Visitors may come to the Heritage Center for cookies and punch. While they are here the visitors can tour the Volkman Cabin. Originally built in 1857 by Martin and Dorthea Volkman near Lyona, this cabin survived the years. The family members donated the cabin to the Dickinson County Historical Society in the 1980s. It is used to tell the story of the lives of the early pioneers of Dickinson County.

There will be re-enactors in the cabin cooking food on the wood burning stove and preparing for a pioneer Christmas. Step back in time to experience a true pioneer holiday.

On Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm the Heritage Center will also be the refreshment stop for the Homes for the Holidays Tour.

At 6 pm on Sunday the Heritage Center will present Christmas in the Cabin. There will be live music by Thad Beach. The children can visit Santa Claus. The whole family can tour the grounds including the Volkman Cabin and the Burklund Store where they can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. The evening would not be complete without taking a ride on the C.W. Parker Carousel with the band organ playing Christmas music and a wagon ride pulled by horses.

So begin the Holiday Season in Abilene and make this year very special at the Dickinson County Heritage Center. Don’t forget to visit the other attractions within the Five Star Museum District.

For more information please contact the Heritage Center at 785-263-2681 or go online to www.heritagecenterdk.com.

Address: Heritage Center, 412 S Campbell , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: heritagecenterdk@sbcglobal.net
Web: www.heritagecenterdk.com
Fee: Admission Charged

1 Holiday Reception & Municipal Band Concert - The annual holiday reception and band concert will be held at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Visitors Center Auditorium and includes a performance by the Abilene Municipal Band.

Refreshments will be served following the band's performance. The program is free and open to the public.

"We hope visiting the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum will continue to be a holiday tradition for families," says Karl Weissenbach, Director. Holiday decorations and lights will dress up the grounds and buildings, adding to the weekend of holiday magic in Abilene."

"Abilene is the place to be in December. The weekends offer something for all ages---shopping, homes tours, craft show, music, and Santa," states Glenda Purkis, director of the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). "Throughout the month there are great opportunities for dining, music and even professional theatre." For more information on additional holiday activities during the month, please visit the CVB web site at www.abilenekansas.org.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.

Address: Eisenhower Presidential Visitors Center Auditorium, 200 SE Fourth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-6700 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eisenhower.library@nara.gov
Web: www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
Fee: Free to the Public

6 - 8 "Christmas Traditions" Trolley Tours - Ride the trolley around town to look at the beautiful Christmas lights, hear stories of local and national Christmas Traditions, the ride lasts about an hour. You may pay ahead to reserve your seat, to make sure you get on at the time you want.

2 runs per night at 6pm & 7pm.

Address: Abilene Visitors Information Center, 201 NW Second Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2231 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tourism@abilenecityhall.com
Web: www.abilenecityhall.com/index.aspx?NID=9
Fee: $6 Adult /$2 Children

7KS0105001e036 - Abilene Santa on the Train - The Abilene Parks & Recreation Department along with the Abilene & Smoky Valley Excursion Train provide a holiday treat to help celebrate the season. Enjoy the company of Santa Claus as you travel on the train.

Train leaves at 1pm.

Address: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Depot, 200 SE Fifth Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-7266 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: aprd@abilenecityhall.com
Fee: $10 per person

13 - 15 "Christmas Traditions" Trolley Tours - Ride the trolley around town to look at the beautiful Christmas lights, hear stories of local and national Christmas Traditions, the ride lasts about an hour. You may pay ahead to reserve your seat, to make sure you get on at the time you want.

2 runs per night at 6pm & 7pm.

Address: Abilene Visitors Information Center, 201 NW Second Street , Abilene, Kansas
Ph: 785-263-2231 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tourism@abilenecityhall.com
Web: www.abilenecityhall.com/index.aspx?NID=9
Fee: $6 Adult /$2 Children

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Seelye Mansion and Museum

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the twenty-five room Georgian mansion was built in 1905 by A.B. Seelye, a patent medicine entrepreneur. Museum depicts turn-of-the-century medicine business.

Winner of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture!!

Abilene, KS Famous Homes

Russell Stover Factory Outlet

10,000-square-foot factory outlet store, has a video that plays all the time, to show you how the candy is made.

Abilene, KS Factory Outlets

C.W. Parker Carousel

This antique carousel is a National Landmark and was built in Abilene by C.W. Parker c. 1901. The carousel is a track-operated machine consisting of 24 hand-carved horses and 4 chariots on a 50

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The Lebold Mansion

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this twenty-three room Victorian mansion was built in 1880 by Conrad H. Lebold. The limestone was quarried from nearby Russell County. Conrad Lebold was a local banker, realtor, politician, and Mayor of Abilene for 2

Abilene, KS Famous Homes

Greyhound Hall of Fame

Abilene, Kansas, also known as the Greyhound Capital of the nation, hosts the Greyhound Hall of Fame which offers the entire family a thorough and exciting introduction to the Greyhound, the sport, and its long and colorful history. The history of Greyhounds from 5,000

Abilene, KS Halls of Fame

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