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

Platter

Date:
c. 1938
Creator:
Webster Company

This platter was a Christmas gift to Ike and Mamie from members of the Manila, Philippines bridge club. The sterling silver tray is part of an eight piece set for cocktails. The engraving reads; "Merry Xmas to Ike and Mamie, "The Old Bridge Gang," Manila, 1938 and the signatures of nine people and "Bid 1 Should Have Made 2-Down 3". Marked on back "Sterling/ [mark of the Webster Co.] / 16879”. By 1933, Eisenhower had become a trusted aide of the new Chief of Staff of the Army, General Douglas MacArthur. From 1935 to 1939, Eisenhower served on MacArthur’s staff in the Philippines, assisting the Philippine government in forging a defense establishment for the territory. While in Manila, Ike and Mamie made many friends among fellow officers and the Filipinos, including Philippine President Manuel Quezon.

Description (physical):

Silver. L 34.3, W 25.4 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 1589
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