National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: November 15, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

Tim Rives to Discuss Ike: The Education of a Soldier Statesman at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)… The National Archives at Kansas City will host Tim Rives on Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion titled Ike: The Education of a Soldier Statesman. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas, the third of seven boys. As a boy his family moved to Abilene, Kansas and it was in Abilene that the boy who would grow up to become General of the Army and President of the United States developed the skills and character that would see him and the nation through some of the most perilous times the world has ever known. A voracious reader of military history other favorite subjects early in his education were arithmetic and spelling. In addition, Eisenhower excelled at sports - baseball and football in particular, but he also boxed, fished, trapped, hunted, camped, and played poker. He learned the latter at the hand of an eccentric outdoorsman and adventurer who taught him how to compute percentages and figure odds, invaluable skills for the future military and political leader. In Abilene, Ike attended integrated schools, and when some of his football teammates refused to line up opposite a visiting African American player, Eisenhower volunteered for the position and shook the player’s hand after the game. As a boy from the wrong side of Abilene’s class-dividing tracks, Ike knew the minimizing indecencies of prejudice all too well. Historians often rate Eisenhower’s personnel decisions in the Army and politics as among his greatest skills. Rives will discuss the impact his formal and informal education had and how it contributed to his growth as a military and political leader.

This lecture is part of the One of 44 Lecture Series being offered in conjunction with the School House to White House exhibit currently on display at the National Archives through February 23, 2013. School House to White House focuses on the education of the Presidents.

To make a reservation for this free event please call 816-268-8010 or email

About the speaker

Tim Rivesserves as the Deputy Director and Supervisory Archivist at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. Before joining the Eisenhower Library, he worked as an archivist at the National Archives at Kansas City for over ten years. His research interests include the presidency and baseball history. In 2002 he received the Robert Peterson Recognition Award from the Society for American Baseball Research for Biographical Research. Rives holds a bachelor’s degree in from Wichita State University, a master’s in American History from Emporia State University and served in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 1992. His publications include articles in Prologue: The Journal of the National Archives; Satchel Paige and Company: Essays on the Kansas City Monarchs, Their Greatest Star, and the Negro Leagues; and Teaching American History: Lessons for History Educators and Historians.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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