Northwestern students tour Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum

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Northwestern students tour Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum

October 4, 2016

Eisenhower Presidential Library(From left to right): Standing before the West Wall mural in the Eisenhower Museum’s entrance hall, Corey Shirey (Alva sophomore political science major); Jacque Ruhl (Alva freshman political science major and history minor); Deputy Director Timothy D. Rives; Dr. Aaron Mason; Dr. Eric Schmaltz; and Mahmoud Taleb (Alva junior computer science major and political science minor).

Northwestern Oklahoma State University students in the Leviathan Society paid a late September visit to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. The trip was sponsored by the Northwestern Institute for Citizenship Studies and the Department of Social Sciences.

Besides taking a tour of the various sites on location, they also were invited to a luncheon downtown hosted by Timothy D. Rives, deputy director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

Dr. Aaron Mason, professor of political science, and Dr. Eric Schmaltz, professor of history, who both serve as the Institute’s co-executive directors, arranged for the visit and accompanied the students there. They wish to thank Rives for making this group tour special, particularly the supervised visit to the library’s archives, where he discussed with students possible careers in public history. For the past several years, Rives, who claims Oklahoma roots and whose grandmother graduated from Northwestern many years ago, has served on the Institute’s board as well.

Established in early fall 2009 under Mason and Schmaltz, this informal group encourages students interested in topics on government, politics, and history to participate in campus-sponsored activities and go to significant historical sites and off-campus cultural events. It consists of students majoring in political science and history, though membership is open to students of all majors.

For more information about the Leviathan Society, Institute, or Department of Social Sciences, contact Mason at (580) 327-8520 or or Schmaltz at (580) 327-8520 or