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For a peak into the past visit the Heritage Center of Dickinson County, 412 S Campbell, right next door to the Eisenhower Center, 785-263-2681. Here you'll learn about pioneer life through exhibits on Native Americans, railroads, agriculture, the Victorian era, and the cow town days. Also on the grounds you'll find the Museum of Telephony, 412 S Campbell, 785-263-2681. They have exhibits of antique telephones, insulators, switchboards, and pay stations.
Next head to the Eisenhower Center, S E 4th at Buckeye, 785-263-4751, where you will find Ike's boyhood home, his museum, library, and chapel. As you tour the exhibits you will learn about his military and civilian careers, gain an insight into his wife, Mamie's background and nature, see lavish presidential gifts from around the world, and their simple personal mementos. It is well worth the time to tour.
For more history drop by the Old Abilene Town and Museum, 100 SE 5th St, 785-263-4194, which is in the process of being restored. From Memorial Day to Labor Day you'll find can-can girls, gunfights, and stage coach rides recreating the old Texas Street of years gone by. The town also contains a little log church, the "Hickok Cabin," an old schoolhouse, and two story log cabin, all of which are over 100 years old. Or you can visit the Hall of Generals, 100 S E 5th, the Chisholm Trail Souvenir Shop, 785-263-4194, where you'll find wax figures of famous WWII Generals.
If you are a doll lover, you won't want to leave town without visiting the Abilene Doll Museum, 1709 N Buckeye, 785-263-1883, by appointment only; and the Abilene Library Doll Collection, 209 N W 4th, 785-263-3082. The Antique Doll Museum features bisque, china, wooden and tin dolls. At the Abilene Library Doll Collection you will find the Mamie Eisenhower, WPA, and foreign doll collections.
Two more interesting stops are the Greyhound Hall of Fame, 407 S Buckeye, 785-263-3000; and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 213 N Broadway, 785-263-7403. A visit to the Greyhound Hall of Fame will give you a chance to learn about Greyhound history from 5,000 BC to present day, see videos explaining how they are raised, trained, and raced, and displays on outstanding Greyhounds from America, Australia, Great Britain, and Ireland. If you're lucky one of these gentle creatures may even be waiting to greet you at the museum's foyer. At the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame you'll learn about great athletes of the human kind and the events in which they excelled.
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