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Don't Ask What I Shot: How Eisenhower's Love of Golf Helped Shape 1950s America

Dr. Catherine M. Lewis offers a unique portrait of Ike, the sport he loved, and this watershed period in American history.

Don't Ask What I Shot: How Eisenhower's Love of Golf Helped Shape 1950s America
Don't Ask What I Shot: How Eisenhower's Love of Golf Helped Shape 1950s America

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Aug 14, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Highlands, 348 S 5th St, Highlands, NC 28741, USA

About the Event

On January 24, 1953, four days after his inauguration, the New York Times reported that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had been spotted on the White House lawn practicing his short irons in the direction of the Washington Monument. This image of “The Golfing General” was one that the American public quickly became accustomed to, as Eisenhower is said to have played nearly 800 rounds during the course of his two-term presidency. He befriended the game’s most beloved players, including Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, and Byron Nelson, and was the subject of hundreds of golf jokes and cartoons. The public’s awareness of Eisenhower’s obsession with golf led directly to the sport’s mid-century surge in popularity. In Don’t Ask What I Shot, historian Dr. Catherine M. Lewis offers a unique portrait of Ike, the sport he loved, and this watershed period in American history.

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