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Eisenhower Receives Life Fellowship Award (1946)

A black-and-white photograph of the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art filled with spectators

On April 2, 1946, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was made an honorary fellow for life of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in recognition of his efforts to save art treasures overseas during World War II. 

This collection includes captioned photographs of the ceremony, including those of General and Mrs. Eisenhower, Thomas J. Watson, Francis Cardinal Spellman, Roland L. Redmond and Francis Henry Taylor. Sound recordings of the addresses delivered at the ceremony by Roland L. Redmond, Francis Henry Taylor, General Eisenhower, as well as a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, sung by Mme. Jarmila Novotná, and the invocation by Cardinal Spellman.

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Above: Great hall and balconies filled with spectators, 1946.