In September 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while vacationing in Denver.
He was rushed to the historic Building 500 at the Fitzsimons Army Hospital, now the Anschutz Medical Campus. For seven weeks he recuperated on the eighth floor and ran the country from a small 10 x 20 foot room.
On Nov. 11, 2010, in honor of Veterans Day and the 55th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s discharge from Fitzsimons Army Hospital, the rededication of the suite was celebrated.
Approximately 120 people attended the dedication event, many of them veterans.
Col. James Dolbier talked about the history of Fitzsimons and Dean Richard Krugman welcomed the group. Karen Harris the architect who redesigned the museum, talked about the restoration of the suite that took place in 2003.
Many employees in Building 500 showed up and commented about how they had never been in the museum before. Participants celebrated by eating Mamie’ Eisenhower’s renown fudge.