Mamie and 1950s Fashions at Eisenhower Site

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Date: April 16, 2013
Contact: Carol Hegeman, 717-338-9114 Ext. 4411

Mamie Eisenhower said she and Ike had lived in 37 different homes during their married life. Learn the story of this general's wife and first lady on Saturday, May 11 when the National Park Service at Eisenhower National Historic Site features the dramatic program, Mamie Remembers Gettysburg.  The site will also host a 1950s Fashion Show, provide a close-up look at the Eisenhowers' cars and host an already sold out formal tea. 

Local resident Ruthmary McIlhenny will portray Mamie Eisenhower at 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. as she presents her program, Mamie Remembers Gettysburg. McIlhenny has been a volunteer at the Eisenhower National Historic Site since 1991. She has studied the life of Mamie Eisenhower and written her own original portrayal of the First Lady. Her 30-minute program is suitable for all ages and included in the site admission.

The Victory Society will present Fashions of the Fifties at 11:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. The narrated fashion show will feature styles for men, women and children in both casual clothes and formal attire. 

Also that day the Eisenhower garage doors will be open to allow visitors a closer look at the Eisenhower cars, including a 1965 Buick, the 4-cylinder Crosley Runabout, his golf carts, and Eisenhower's presidential limousine. The 1955 Imperial made by Chrysler and modified by Derham was in the White House motor pool when Eisenhower was president and he used it to make many trips to Gettysburg. Staff stationed by the garage will answer questions about the vehicles.

Eisenhower National Historic Site is open daily. All visits are via shuttle bus from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike in Gettysburg. Shuttles depart every half-hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Once at the site, visitors are welcome to stay as long as they want until the last shuttle departs the site at 5:15 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults, and $5.00 for children ages 6-12.  To purchase admission tickets in advance, please call Eisenhower reservations at 877-874-2478.

For more information contact the Eisenhower National Historic Site at 717/ 338-9114 or visit the web site at

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