Dole Institute of Politics

Dole Institute of Politics Located at the University of Kansas, the Dole Institute celebrates public service, civil discourse and the legacy of Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole through its programs, archive and museum.
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Shortly after his loss in the 1996 presidential election, Senator Bob Dole was asked by Chancellor Robert Hemenway to entrust his congressional papers, accrued over 35 years of public service, to the University of Kansas, where he had studied before he began his WWII service. Together, Senator Dole and the University of Kansas developed the Dole Institute to not only house and catalog these congressional papers for research use, but to offer public opportunities for all individuals to discover how they might best serve their community, their state, and their nation. Opened in 2003, the mission of the Dole Institute of Politics is to promote political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bi-partisan, balanced manner. By providing a forum for discussion of political and economic issues, fostering public service leadership and encouraging participation in the political process, we emphasize that politics is an honorable profession and that only through political and civic participation can citizens redirect the course of our nation. While the objective is to accomplish this mission on a broad scale, our location at the University of Kansas provides a unique opportunity for outreach to young people and students. We utilize the three distinct components of the Dole Institute to accomplish this mission: unique displays that tell the compelling story of Bob Dole’s life in the context of Kansas and The Greatest Generation; one of the largest congressional archives in existence which houses all of the Senator’s congressional papers; and finally, the vigorous public programming conducted by the Dole Institute.

The Dole Institute is participating in #VirtualMuseumDayKC - a day for museums to celebrate community, share stories tha...
05/29/2020
Virtual Museum Day

The Dole Institute is participating in #VirtualMuseumDayKC - a day for museums to celebrate community, share stories that matter, and help the Greater KC area connect in solidarity. Join us today at 11:15 and 3:15 for #VirtualMuseumDayKC at bit.ly/virtualmuseumdaykc
#museumfromhome

Welcome to Virtual Museum Day: This Is Our Story KC! We are uniting museums throughout the Metro Area with a virtual festival to celebrate community, share s...

05/29/2020
Virtual Museum Day KC Trailer

Add this to your calendar! The Dole Institute & other KC area museums are uniting for #VirtualMuseumDayKC tomorrow! We will premiere videos & livestreams for all of you who we miss seeing in person. We hope you join us!
bit.ly/virtualmuseumdaykc
https://youtu.be/9ADqAj6_Zv4

Your museums miss you! Join us for Virtual Museum Day KC on May 29th to remotely connect, learn, and discover. From 11:00 to 4:00, right here on YouTube!

As we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, the Dole Institute’s Veterans WWII Dat...
05/25/2020

As we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, the Dole Institute’s Veterans WWII Database affords you the opportunity to pay your respects safely and responsibly during this time of social distancing. https://doleinstitute.org/get-involved/for-veterans/ #MemorialDay

Congrats to junior group documentary “The Peace Corps: Breaking Barriers & Transforming Nations” by Elizabeth Albert & L...
05/21/2020

Congrats to junior group documentary “The Peace Corps: Breaking Barriers & Transforming Nations” by Elizabeth Albert & Lillian Meier of Maize USD 266 Maize South Middle School, 3rd place 2020 Robert J. Dole Congressional History Prize winner for the Kansas History Day Contest http://ow.ly/lThi50zMMkM

Congrats to 2nd place 2020 Robert J. Dole Congressional History Prize winner Tristan Fangman of Seaman High School for t...
05/21/2020

Congrats to 2nd place 2020 Robert J. Dole Congressional History Prize winner Tristan Fangman of Seaman High School for this year’s Kansas History Day State Contest for the senior individual performance “Surgeon Suffragist: The Complicated Life of Mary Walker.” http://ow.ly/vw7I50zMKVg

05/12/2020
2010 Dole Leadership Prize | Women Air Service Pilots

“The First Women in History to Fly American Military Aircraft”: Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) were honored in 2010 with the Dole Leadership Prize. https://youtu.be/qVqoHcIe_7g
#VEDay75

In 2010, the Dole Institute of Politics awarded the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II with the Dole Leadership Prize for their courage and contri...

African American WWII veterans from Kansas and Missouri shared their wartime experiences at the Dole Institute, in partn...
05/11/2020

African American WWII veterans from Kansas and Missouri shared their wartime experiences at the Dole Institute, in partnership with the University of Kansas Libraries, in 2012. Watch the series “Fighting for America: Black Soldiers, the Unsung Heroes of WWII”, here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMG83blimqI

#VEDay75

This past week the U.S. commemorated the 75th anniversary of #VEDay, May 8, 1945. On that day, the world celebrated the ...
05/10/2020
Submit Photos of WWII Veterans - Dole Institute of Politics

This past week the U.S. commemorated the 75th anniversary of #VEDay, May 8, 1945. On that day, the world celebrated the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied Forces – the U.S., Great Britain, Australia, Russia, New Zealand marking the end of WWII in the European theater.

In honor of Senator Bob Dole and the Greatest Generation, the Dole Institute of Politics recognizes the service of Kansans #WWIIveterans. Add your veteran to our database here: https://doleinstitute.org/get-involved/for-veterans/submit-pictures-of-wwii-veterans/

The Dole Institute’s World War II Memory Wall honors the courageous Kansans, native-born or permanent residents, who served during World War II either at home or abroad. The Memory Wall is a permanent installation comprised of the first 1,000 veteran photos submitted to the Dole Institute of Polit...

As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of #VEDay which brought the war in the European theatre to an end, Associ...
05/08/2020
75th anniversary of V-E Day - Dole Institute of Politics

As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of #VEDay which brought the war in the European theatre to an end, Associate Director Audrey Coleman reflects on the spirit of unity that brought our nation together to face the crisis of the Axis powers and the need for that unity to face today’s challenges and those to come. https://doleinstitute.org/75th-anniversary-of-v-e-day/

“The mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241, local time, May 7th, 1945.” Seventy-five years ago this week, General Dwight D. Eisenhower sent this official word to the joint leaders of British and American military in the wee hours of May 7, bringing American military engagement in Eu...

Today the U.S. commemorates the 75th anniversary of #VEDay, May 8, 1945. On this day, the world celebrated the unconditi...
05/08/2020

Today the U.S. commemorates the 75th anniversary of #VEDay, May 8, 1945. On this day, the world celebrated the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied Forces marking the end of WWII in the European theater.

In honor of Senator Bob Dole and the Greatest Generation, the Dole Institute of Politics recognizes the service of Kansan veterans of WWII. Add your veteran to our database here: http://ow.ly/6IBS50zyVHv

Join Dave Cotter with the Department of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College this afternoon at ...
05/07/2020
FT. LEAVENWORTH SERIES | 1941: The Turning Point in the Holocaust - Dole Institute of Politics

Join Dave Cotter with the Department of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College this afternoon at 3pm as he explores the year of 1941, one of the most eventful years of modern history, and its role in World War II as a part of the 2020 #FtLeavenworthSeries theme of “Turning Points.”
http://ow.ly/mt1A50yxOns

View this program LIVE on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/F2jUBs43M18

Few years in modern history have been as eventful as 1941. Pearl Harbor, Operation Barbarossa, and the beginning of the Shoah to name a few mark it as the definitive year in the outcome of World War II. Dave Cotter will explore this year as a part of the 2020 Ft. Leavenworth Series theme of “Turni...

"The mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241, local time, May 7th, 1945." – General Dwight Eisenhower75 years...
05/07/2020
Submit Photos of WWII Veterans - Dole Institute of Politics

"The mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241, local time, May 7th, 1945." – General Dwight Eisenhower

75 years ago this week, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower sent official word to joint leaders of British and American military, bringing American military engagement in Europe to an end.

Eisenhower, along with brothers Bob and Kenny Dole, and more than 1,000 other Kansans who served – men and women - are memorialized on the Dole Institute’s WWII Memory Wall.

Add your Kansas WWII veteran to our database here: http://ow.ly/Pwdj50zyVad #VEDay #VEDay75

The Dole Institute’s World War II Memory Wall honors the courageous Kansans, native-born or permanent residents, who served during World War II either at home or abroad. The Memory Wall is a permanent installation comprised of the first 1,000 veteran photos submitted to the Dole Institute of Polit...

04/30/2020
2006 Dole Leadership Prize - Fmr. Senator Howard Baker

You don’t want to miss the 2006 Dole Leadership Prize program! In this fantastic interview, Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker discusses his time in the Senate and his marriage to Nancy Kassebaum. Link below!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRF97FOttAs

Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker received the 2006 Dole Leadership Prize for his leadership in the Senate, as White House Chief of Staff, and as Am...

04/30/2020
Things You Should Know | Research

Join Associate Director Audrey Coleman as she speaks with Senior Archivist Sarah D’Antonio Gard about the vast amount of information and the incredible stories that are in the Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7BiVH0FEY4&feature=youtu.be

Join Dole Institute Associate Director and Director of Museum and Archives Audrey Coleman as she speaks with Senior Archivist Sarah D’Antonio Gard about the ...

04/29/2020
League of Wives | Vickie Stone

Join Associate Director Audrey Coleman as she visits with Vickie Stone, Curator at the Coronado Historical Association, Museum of History and Art in Coronado, California about the impactful League of Wives exhibit. Check it out below!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwEhKHRxkqo&feature=youtu.be

Associate Director Audrey Coleman visits with Vickie Stone, Curator at the Coronado Historical Association in Coronado, California, National League founder S...

04/29/2020

Take a break from your usual quarantine routine and celebrate Kansas Day (in April)! This family-friendly program is today (4/29) at 2pm CST. Be sure to tune in on Facebook Live!

04/24/2020
Senator Nancy Kassebaum-Baker - Oral History about Bob Dole - April 16, 2009

Nancy Kassebaum was a groundbreaking U.S. Senator from Kansas and we want to share with you the opportunity to hear some remarkable stories from her about Bob Dole. Check out the link below to watch this engaging interview!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSqyFpjhe3g&feature=youtu.be

In this 2009 oral history interview with Brien R. Williams, Kassebaum-Baker talks about Senator Dole's work ethic and the issues of abortion, the Panama Cana...

04/23/2020
The SAB Program | The Insider's Guide to 2020

The SAB Program: The Insider's Guide to 2020 will be moving to YouTube Live tonight at 7pm CDT! Please join us as we get the experts' take on what will certainly be a Presidential election unlike any other!

https://youtu.be/pBVnR9HCsEs

The 2020 election is right around the corner and the Student Advisory Board at the Dole Institute has selected two political strategist experts who are prepa...

04/23/2020

Join Director Bill Lacy as he talks about the high caliber guests we welcome at the Dole in this week’s “Things You Should Know About the Dole Institute.”

https://youtu.be/9_rrfxBwxx8

04/23/2020
Discussion Group | Shelby Coffey

Cronkite. Murrow. Brinkley.

In the not so distant past, these men dominated the American news landscape. With two channels (eventually three) to get your televised news, you watched at least one of them. They were the Gatekeepers. The Arbiters of Truth. The advent of cable news, and then the internet, brought an end to the Gatekeepers. Many lauded a new era of “democratized” journalism. What emerged had the best and the worst of the “news,” and suddenly, no one was there to sort through it all to find the truth.

The internet has made everyone an editor. Dole Fellow Ron Marks welcomes his guest Shelby Coffey, former editor of the L.A. Times and US News and World Report, to discuss how dramatically the world of journalism has changed in only 40 years. Information is faster than ever and there is far more of it. In this discussion group, Marks and Coffey will teach how to cut through the noise and find the truth.

Shelby Coffey III began his journalistic career as a reporter at The Washington Post, later becoming deputy managing editor. He is the former editor of the Los Angeles Times and US News and World Report. He was President of CNN Financial News and executive Vice President of ABC News. He was named editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation in 1995. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International advisory council of APCO Worldwide and the board of the Newseum in Washington DC.

The Dole Discussion Groups are made possible by a grant from Newman’s Own.

04/23/2020

Join Associate Director Audrey Coleman as she visits with Andrew Talkov from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture as he discusses how the League of Wives exhibit changes perspectives and challenges assumptions about the Vietnam era. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zVzlgv1-aQ&feature=youtu.be

04/23/2020

Don't forget to join us on Facebook Live tonight at 7pm for the SAB Program "The Insider's Guide to 2020" with Jeff Roe and Christina Reynolds!

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2350 Petefish Dr
Lawrence, KS
66045

The T (Lawrence Transit System) - Route 8 KU on Wheels - Park and Ride Express

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(785) 864-4900

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Legacies of Leadership

Shortly after his loss in the 1996 presidential election, Senator Bob Dole was asked by Chancellor Robert Hemenway to entrust his congressional papers, accrued over 35 years of public service, to the University of Kansas, where he had studied before he began his WWII service. Together, Senator Dole and the University of Kansas developed the Dole Institute to not only house and catalog these congressional papers for research use, but to offer public opportunities for all individuals to discover how they might best serve their community, their state, and their nation. In 2017, the institute’s collections expanded with the addition of Senator Elizabeth Dole’s career papers. Opened in 2003, the mission of the Dole Institute of Politics is to promote political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bi-partisan, balanced manner. By providing a forum for discussion of political and economic issues, fostering public service leadership and encouraging participation in the political process, we emphasize that politics is an honorable profession and that only through political and civic participation can citizens redirect the course of our nation. While the objective is to accomplish this mission on a broad scale, our location at the University of Kansas provides a unique opportunity for outreach to young people and students. We utilize the three distinct components of the Dole Institute to accomplish this mission: unique displays that tell the compelling story of Bob Dole’s life in the context of Kansas and The Greatest Generation; one of the largest congressional archives in existence which houses all of Senator Bob Dole’s congressional papers and Senator Elizabeth Dole’s career papers; and finally, the vigorous public programming conducted by the Dole Institute.


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Brooklynne, FYI.
Hope Kansas friends will join us at the Dole Institute of Politics this Wednesday afternoon for this week's discussion group with national independent reform leader, Chad Peace
Excellent program. Thank you to the Vietnam combat veterans who shared their stories.
I'm torn between music and this on Tuesday.. really important topic to me..