home Tim Rives to Discus 'Ike: The Education of a Soldier Statesman' at the Naitonal Archives

The National Archives at Kansas City will host Tim Rives on Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion titled Ike: The Education of a Soldier Statesman. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event. Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas, the third of seven boys. As a boy his family moved to Abilene, Kansas and it was in Abilene that the boy who would grow up to become General of the Army and President of the United States developed the skills and character that would see him and the nation through some of the most perilous times the world has ever known. A voracious reader of military history other favorite subjects early in his education were arithmetic and spelling. In addition, Eisenhower excelled at sports - baseball and football in particular, but he also boxed, fished, trapped, hunted, camped, and played poker. He learned the latter at the hand of an eccentric outdoorsman and adventurer who taught him how to compute percentages and figure odds, invaluable skills for the future military and political leader. In Abilene, Ike attended integrated schools, and when some of his football teammates refused to line up opposite a visiting African American player, Eisenhower volunteered for the position and shook the player’s hand after the game. As a boy from the wrong side of Abilene’s class-dividing tracks, Ike knew the minimizing indecencies of prejudice all too well. Historians often rate Eisenhower’s personnel decisions in the Army and politics as among his greatest skills. Rives will discuss the impact his formal and informal education had and how it contributed to his growth as a military and political leader. This lecture is part of the One of 44 Lecture Series being offered in conjunction with the School House to White House exhibit currently on display at the National Archives through February 23, 2013. School House to White House focuses on the education of the Presidents. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov. About the speaker Tim Rives serves as the Deputy Director and Supervisory Archivist at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. Before joining the Eisenhower Library, he worked as an archivist at the National Archives at Kansas City for over ten years. His research interests include the presidency and baseball history. In 2002 he received the Robert Peterson Recognition Award from the Society for American Baseball Research for Biographical Research. Rives holds a bachelor’s degree in from Wichita State University, a master’s in American History from Emporia State University and served in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 1992. His publications include articles in Prologue: The Journal of the National Archives; Satchel Paige and Company: Essays on the Kansas City Monarchs, Their Greatest Star, and the Negro Leagues; and Teaching American History: Lessons for History Educators and Historians. The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000, email kansascity.educate@nara.gov or visit www.archives.gov/central-plains/kansas-city.
National Archives Central Plains Region
Kansas City MO
Literary & Books
Thursday, November 29 @ 6:30 pm

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