Eisenhower NHS Education Programs

The Eisenhower National Historic Site is offering a variety of in-person and virtual education programming for students from 4th to 12th grade as well as curriculum materials for teachers. Please email us for information on how to book these programs!

 
The large white brick home belonging to Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower stands in the background. In front is green grass and red blooming trees in springtime.

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Visit Ike and Mamie’s Home

Length of Program: 30 to 60 minutes

Join a NPS Ranger to explore the Eisenhower National Historic Site! In 1950, Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower bought the only home they would ever own, right here in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. When Eisenhower was elected president, their Gettysburg farm became a weekend getaway for he and the First Lady. The Eisenhowers also brought numerous world leaders to their home as well! This program includes walking the grounds of the Eisenhower site, touring the Eisenhower home, and exploring stories of who the Eisenhowers were and why they are relevant for us today.

A virtual version of this this program is available as well. A NPS ranger will utilize photographs of the Eisenhower site and artifacts we have on display to virtually bring you and your students onto the very same grounds where President Eisenhower once walked with world leaders!

e-mail us to learn more about the story of the Eisenhowers and their Gettysburg farm and to schedule a site visit for you and your students, either in-person or virtually. This program can accommodate students of any grade level, as well as other youth groups and boy-scouts, depending on staff availability.
 
General Eisenhower Speaks To Soldiers of the 101st Airborne who are preparing for DDay, dressed in army uniforms
General Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses American paratroopers of the 101st Airborne on June 5, 1944, the day before D-Day.

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Ike and the Men of D-Day

Length of Program: 90-120 minutes

June 6, 1944 was a pivotal day in world history, and Dwight Eisenhower played a key role in it. Visit the Eisenhower NHS for this new program about General Eisenhower’s leadership in the D-Day invasion of France! From planning the attack to making the final decision to launch the invasion, Eisenhower displayed key leadership characteristics, ones we can study and continue to learn from today.

This program will also explore the stories of 12 D-Day casualties who are buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Students will have the opportunity to examine primary source documents about these soldiers, discovering their stories and the connection between their sacrifice and the significance of D-Day in history.

This program comes with pre-and post-program activities on the D-Day invasion and is best suited to Upper Middle and High School students.

e-mail us to learn more!
 
Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower tour the Eisenhower in a tiny car. A group of men stand in the background.
Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower Tour The Eisenhower Farm

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Diplomacy at Gettysburg

Grades 5-12
Length of Program: 60-90 minutes

The President of the United States has many different jobs to do. One of them is being America’s chief diplomat. What is a diplomat? How can a leader try to bring different groups of people together? 

Join a park ranger to discover more about Dwight Eisenhower’s leadership style and how he used his Gettysburg farm as a diplomatic tool during his time as President of the United States. Students will have the chance to examine historic photographs and images of artifacts to discover how we can all be “main street” diplomats in our own lives today!

This program is offered for both in-person visits to the Eisenhower NHS, as well as virtually. The site visit portion of the program includes a tour of the Eisenhower home.

e-mail us to learn more!

 
A Park Ranger dressed in green trousers, grey shirt, and tan hat, speaks to a group of children at the Eisenhower National Historic Site

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Chat with a Ranger!

Length of Program: 30 minutes.

Want to learn about working in the history field? Curious about what life is like as a Park Ranger? Schedule a time for one of our NPS rangers to virtually join you and your students for a fun conversation about the National Park Service, the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and working in the field of history! This program can accommodate numerous age levels and is designed to give your students an opportunity to learn about the National Park Service, presidential history, and working in the history field first-hand in a fun, informal format with one of our staff members!

e-mail us to learn more about scheduling this program for your classroom. This program can accommodate students from Grades 5-12.
 
President Eisenhower is holding his glasses, while glancing off to the side with a furrowed brow

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Curriculum Materials


Eisenhower and Little Rock: A Civil Rights Lesson

Other Lesson Plans and other curriculum material pertaining to Dwight Eisenhower and his era.
 

Last updated: March 31, 2022

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