Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lecture provides insight to Eisenhower and his legacy

Fauquier County Public Library will host a revealing 60-minute retrospective entitled Mandate for Change: The Leadership and Legacy of President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented by Gar Schulin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the John Barton Payne Building. The free lecture is sponsored by the library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute.

Eisenhower's skills are largely overlooked or discounted in contemporary schools and universities, according to Schulin. As a result, he remains largely unknown to younger generations of Americans despite his many legacies and foreign and domestic policy achievements.

The retrospective will include many accounts of events as related by those who knew the president during his White House years. Eisenhower was referred to as "The President Nobody Knew" by former Special Assistant Arthur Larson, and his presidential style was characterized as "The Hidden-Hand Presidency" by historian Fred Greenstein. The lecture will present an informative overview of Eisenhower's remarkable leadership skills and complexities within the context of his administrations, which spanned 1953 to 1961.

The enormously popular president and his beloved wife Mamie both enjoyed living in the White House after decades of transient U.S. Army life. An examination of Eisenhower's retirement years as a private citizen and former president provides insight on his relationships with his White House successors.

Lecture presenter Gar Schulin resides in Warrenton, Virginia, with his wife Kathryn, who shares his life-long interest in American history. A career Defense Department employee, his undergraduate and graduate education includes the United States Naval Academy and George Mason University.

Schulin's preservation and community service includes memberships in the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, Culpeper Minute Men Chapter; Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780; The Liberty Heritage Society; Brandy Station Foundation; Fauquier County War Between the States Roundtable; and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation.
He is also a member of the Association of Scientists and Engineers (ASE) of the Naval Sea Systems Command; the National Air and Space Society; past president of the Baltimore-Washington Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE); and a former Smithsonian research assistant and museum docent. He helped open the National Air and Space Museum in 1976. His articles on historic topics have appeared in local and national newspapers, magazines and Internet publications.