West Point Cadet Dwight D. Eisenhower

Date:
c. 1915
Creator:
Paul Roy

The United States Military Academy at West Point along the Hudson River in New York State is where Eisenhower was educated for a life as a soldier. He entered the academy as a “plebe” on June 14, 1911. Over the next several years he learned to live by the school’s motto, “Duty, Honor, and Country.” When he graduated in May, 1915, Eisenhower had the makings of an officer fit to command. Ike gave Mamie a copy of this portrait with an inscription; "For the dearest and sweetest girl in the world, Ike."

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 2100
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Ike At A White House Press Conference

Date:
1953-1961
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 1322
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Automobile

Date:
1947 (car), 1955 (custom body)
Creator:
Crosley, with custom work by James H. Beard

Runabout with “IKE” and “MAMIE” stenciled on front quarter panels. Mr. Marvin Leonard of Fort Worth, Texas, in June 1955 gave this vehicle to George Allen to present to President and Mrs. Eisenhower. The four-wheel drive Crosley Runabout was used by the Eisenhowers to drive around the farm. Visiting world leaders such as Churchill and De Gaulle toured the farm with the President while in the Crosley. The Crosley was the nation’s first compact car, manufactured in Cincinnati and Marion, Indiana between 1939 and 1952.

Description (physical):

H 1.8, L 3.5, W 1.25 M

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 105
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Press Tag

Date:
1954

Press tag for the Pennsylvania Republican Rally at President Dwight David Eisenhower’s farm, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 23rd, 1954 at 12:45 pm, handwritten for "Paul Roy / Gettysburg Times."

Description (physical):

Paper, string. Dia 7.1 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 9828
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Christmas Card

Date:
1954

Christmas card with the presidential seal, inside reads; "The President and Mrs. Eisenhower extend their best wishes for Christmas and the New Year."

Description (physical):

Paper. L 17.4, W 14.7 cm.

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 11385
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

The President’s Motorcade Driving Through Gettysburg With Secret Service Agents Walking Alongside

Date:
Nov-55
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 2255
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Press Conference In The Presidential Press Room At The Gettysburg Hotel

Date:
1955
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 3346
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Landing Light

Date:
1953-1961
Creator:
Bekon Standard Parts & Equip Corp, Fort Worth, Texas

These lights were used to outline the President’s Gettysburg farm helicopter landing pad, a mowed circle in the grass adjacent to the cropland in front of the Eisenhower home. When the Secret Service agents received word that the President was arriving at night in his helicopter, they placed these portable lights around the pad. Eisenhower was the first president to use a helicopter and relied on it quite extensively during his second term for trips back and forth from the White House to the farm as well as to Camp David. Many world leaders were transported by helicopter to the farm including Winston Churchill and Nikita Khrushchev.

Description (physical):

Cloth, metal, rock, plastic, glass. H 27.8, L 30.0, W 36.0 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 15814
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Ike And President Charles De Gaulle Disembarking From Helicopter At Gettysburg Farm Helipad

Date:
24-Apr-60
Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 2472
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower Desk

Date:
1954
Creator:
White House Carpenters

This desk was a reproduction of a desk used by President George Washington. It was made from pine boards salvaged from The White House during the 1948-1952 renovations.  The White House Ushers presented this desk to President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a Christmas gift in 1954.  In the top drawer at the left, Eisenhower kept a card catalog of his personal library.  

Description (physical):

Wood, bronze.  L 152.4, W 82.2, H 91.5 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 2988
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site