President Eisenhower’s love of oil painting will be featured at Eisenhower National Historic Site on April 18, 19 and 20. Eisenhower began painting when he was 58 years old and painted almost 300 paintings. A video tour featuring about 25 of Eisenhower’s oil paintings will be shown continuously throughout the day. In addition to Eisenhower’s original paintings on exhibit in the Eisenhower home, a painting on loan from The Dwight D. Eisenhower Society will be exhibited in the Reception Center. Normandy Scene was painted in 1951 when Eisenhower was in command of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It depicts a lone cottage and open terrain typical of the Normandy landscape. Eisenhower later presented the painting to his farm manager and friend, Brigadier General Arthur Nevins and his wife, Ann.
To help celebrate Gettysburg's “History Meets the Arts” festival, area artists are welcome to set up their easels and paint at the site. Artists should call ahead to make to make arrangements to do so. Visitors are welcome to watch.
The Eisenhower National Historic Site is open daily with shuttle buses leaving the National Park Service Visitor Center on a regular schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 6 –12.
Last updated: February 26, 2015