Eisenhower and Khrushchev at Gettysburg

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Location: 
Eisenhower National Historic Site, US
Date: April 30, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm (America/Toronto)
Event Type: 
Videoconference

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The presentation focuses on Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to America in 1959, specifically President Eisenhower’s invitation to Khrushchev to meet with him at Camp David and his Gettysburg farm to hopefully iron out some of their Cold War differences and relieve Cold War tension.  The visit was potentially one of the most important world events of the 1950s in that it could have brought about a permanent thaw in the Cold War 30 years before the Cold War would ultimately come to an end.

Teachers and students will be asked to review the lesson plan, Thaw in the Cold War: Eisenhower and Khrushchev at Gettysburg, (available on-line: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/29ike/29ike.htm) which includes primary source documents related to the Khrushchev visit. 

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