Presentation Explores Early Work Ethic of Eisenhower

By , October 11, 2012 2:19 pm

In honor of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Parsons Public Library will host a program about one of Kansas’ most popular veterans.  On November 2, at 2:00, Roy Bird will present “The Kansas Work Ethic of Dwight D. Eisenhower”.

Young Dwight Eisenhower learned to work hard at an early age. In addition to his daily chores, he worked various jobs from selling vegetables, laboring as a farmhand, and working for several years at the Belle Springs Creamery. Bird will discuss how Ike managed these jobs while earning good grades in school and participating in sports and community activities, and will explore how Ike’s Kansas work ethic prepared him for military and presidential greatness.

Roy Bird is a retired librarian from the State Library of Kansas and former director of the Kansas Center for the Book. He is the author or coauthor of 17 books, mostly about Kansas and the American West.

“Adult audiences find the close identification I have with the location and the era of the Eisenhower family of the 1890s and early 20th century refreshing,” said Bird. “I talk about what Ike learned in Kansas, not events after he left.”

“The Kansas Work Ethic of Dwight D. Eisenhower” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s The Way We Worked Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions examining the theme of work and working in Kansas and how these stories help define us.

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities.  For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St.  To sign up for the program or for more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

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