James worked hard to secure a $25,000 grant to help the museum reach its goal of continuing to serve as one of the premier cultural institutions in Kansas.
Between a long renovation period and the pandemic closing the museum after it was completed, James wasn’t able to see the finished result before his retirement.
“The Community Relations team works diligently with our partners to bring quality grant opportunities to our ONE Gas Foundation,” said Kara Titus, Community Relations manager. “These grants can take months of preparation, and then sometimes years for the final project to be complete.”
“The Museum attracts more than 200,000 visitors annually. Having this asset in Kansas to teach young minds about the horrors of World War II and tell the story of how a boy who lived on the wrong side of the tracks in little Abilene, Kansas saved the lives of millions of people is just incredible,” said Kara. “I am so glad James and I were able to go through the exhibits together so he could see firsthand the fruit of his labor.”
The newly renovated complex tells the story of President Eisenhower's impact and influence on civil rights, science, education, transportation, international relations and health. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum is one of only 15 facilities of its kind in the United States and the only one in Kansas. Learn more about the Eisenhower Presidential Library.