A Young Man with Valley Ties: The World War I Service of President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Those who might be interested in the Valley “prequel history” of Dwight Eisenhower should attend the Thursday, Dec. 7, Stuart Talk given by historian Kim McCray at the R.R. Smith Center second-floor lecture hall at 7 p.m.
McCray will be presenting “A Young Man with Valley Ties: The World War I Service of President Dwight Eisenhower.”
The presentation begins with a brief overview of Eisenhower’s Valley roots and then continues on through his early days with a continuous thread of his mother’s Shenandoah Valley roots and her influence on the man who would lead the Allied Forces in WWII and then become President of the United States. Included are the stories of how Eisenhower’s parents met, an overview of the family’s rocky early period, Ike’s childhood and teenage years, his time at West Point, and finally, his WWI service. The story of Eisenhower’s WWI service forms the largest portion of the presentation.
McCray was inspired to learn more about Dwight Eisenhower by the discovery of her own relation to the former President through his mother Ida Stover Eisenhower, who was also born and raised in Augusta County. In this two-part presentation, Kim first shares the Shenandoah Valley and then shifts the focus to Eisenhower himself. While Eisenhower is known almost exclusively for his triumphs as a World War II General and U.S. President, we will hear about the formative experience of his stateside service during the First World War
Free to ACHS members; others $5 for adults and $1 for students.