ABILENE – Thirty-six school groups were able to tour the Dwight D. Eisenhower boyhood home and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum during the 2018-19 school year through the Hansen Foundation’s field trip program.
During the 2019-20 school year, 500 area students were able to make the field trip before schools were closed because of COVID-19. Sixteen planned field trips for more than 700 students had to be cancelled during efforts to contain the spread of the virus.
On average, the program has made it possible for more than 1,200 area students each year for the past five years to see the museum and boyhood home of the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during World War II and 34th president of the United States. Schools that are not able to make the field trip can participate in a reverse field trip, in which a presentation about Eisenhower is made at their school.
A Virtual IKEducation Classroom is being developed to engage K-12 students and teachers with interactive maps, augmented reality field trips and free access to more than 40 curricula that can be downloaded for integration into classrooms across the country.