Richard Damms of MSU-Meridian shares Eisenhower study at special events

MERIDIAN, Miss.—A faculty member and administrator at Mississippi State University-Meridian recently took part in collaborative history events in Kansas and Missouri.

Richard Damms served last week as session moderator for a public program examining aspects of the Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman presidential administrations.

An associate history professor and Eisenhower authority, Damms currently is interim head of the Division of Arts and Sciences on the College Park Campus.

“Ike, Harry and the Constitution” was the title of the session he led at the National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri. Robert Beatty, associate professor of political science at Topeka’s Washburn University, and James Giglio, distinguished professor emeritus at Missouri State University in Springfield, were other panelists.

Damms’ research on the former five-star army general and 34th U.S. president is included in “The Presidents and the Constitution: A Living History,” the recent 672-page release by New York University Press that was authored by Ken Gormley, president of Duquesne University.

Following the Missouri event, Damms and others traveled 150 miles west to Abilene, Kansas, to be part of a related program at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.

In addition to the Eisenhower Library, both events were co-sponsored by the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, and the Truman Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

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Photo courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home  

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