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.
(37)

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.

Operating as usual

Only four hours left to support our veterans! Support the #KansasVeteransMemoryWall by giving to the Dole Institute duri...
02/19/2021

Only four hours left to support our veterans! Support the #KansasVeteransMemoryWall by giving to the Dole Institute during #OneDayOneKU
http://ow.ly/j63j50DwclA

Elizabeth Dole Foundation
02/19/2021

Elizabeth Dole Foundation

This morning, Senator Bob Dole shared that he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer:

“Recently, I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. My first treatment will begin on Monday. While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.” - Senator Bob Dole

We know Senator Bob will face this challenge as he has so many others, with his characteristic strength, optimism, and clever wit. The Foundation family extends all our love and support to both Senators Dole.

Photo credit: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

Only six hours left to support our veterans! Support the #KansasVeteransMemoryWall by giving to the Dole Institute durin...
02/19/2021

Only six hours left to support our veterans! Support the #KansasVeteransMemoryWall by giving to the Dole Institute during #OneDayOneKU
https://rockcha.lk/odoku21-dol

Help us meet Senator Bob Dole and Larry and Jacqueline Gadt’s $10,500 challenge in honor of our veterans. Don’t miss thi...
02/18/2021

Help us meet Senator Bob Dole and Larry and Jacqueline Gadt’s $10,500 challenge in honor of our veterans. Don’t miss this opportunity to support the Dole Institute’s #KansasVeteransMemoryWall by donating today: http://ow.ly/tm4N50DvYi1

Mark your calendars!  On Tuesday, February 23rd at 7pm, presidential scholar Robert Norton Smith will discuss the admini...
02/18/2021

Mark your calendars! On Tuesday, February 23rd at 7pm, presidential scholar Robert Norton Smith will discuss the administration of the last four years. How has the presidency changed during this time? Join us and find out.
http://ow.ly/J4My50DrOqB

Tomorrow’s the big day!  We’re excited to raise funds to support our Kansas Veterans Memory Wall Expansion Project: http...
02/17/2021

Tomorrow’s the big day! We’re excited to raise funds to support our Kansas Veterans Memory Wall Expansion Project: http://ow.ly/opwD50DvXHf

Tonight at 7pm! Presidential scholar Richard Norton Smith considers Biden’s role models.  What can he learn from FDR, Cl...
02/17/2021

Tonight at 7pm! Presidential scholar Richard Norton Smith considers Biden’s role models. What can he learn from FDR, Clinton, and Obama? Join us to find out. http://ow.ly/nzWz50DrOmY

Last week's answer?  Forrest "Phog" Allen. Today, we ask: "Liddy Lights," named for Elizabeth Dole while she was Secreta...
02/16/2021

Last week's answer? Forrest "Phog" Allen. Today, we ask: "Liddy Lights," named for Elizabeth Dole while she was Secretary of Transportation, signal the use of what automobile component? Tell us your best guess below!

We send best wishes to our wonderful partners the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum and the Eisenhower Presidential Libra...
02/15/2021

We send best wishes to our wonderful partners the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. A peaceful Presidents' Day to you and to all!

Sending you lots of love from the Dole Institute. Happy Valentine’s Day to Bob and Elizabeth Dole (celebrating 45 years ...
02/14/2021

Sending you lots of love from the Dole Institute. Happy Valentine’s Day to Bob and Elizabeth Dole (celebrating 45 years of love and counting!) and to all of our followers. ❤️

Mark your calendars.  On Wednesday, February 17th at 7pm, presidential scholar Richard Norton Smith considers Biden’s ro...
02/12/2021

Mark your calendars. On Wednesday, February 17th at 7pm, presidential scholar Richard Norton Smith considers Biden’s role models. What can he learn from FDR, Clinton, and Obama? http://ow.ly/y3nx50Dl94o

It’s the big day!  Come see our new exhibit, “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968,” in which we take a closer look at s...
02/11/2021

It’s the big day! Come see our new exhibit, “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968,” in which we take a closer look at some of the many letters that Bob Dole received from his district during these transformative years in American history. Thanks to Humanities Kansas #crossroadshk for making this exhibit possible. For hours and safety guidelines, visit: http://ow.ly/qJPw50DlnIP

TONIGHT at 7pm!  We're kicking off the 2021 Presidential Lecture Series: "Where Do We Go From Here..." with scholar Rich...
02/10/2021

TONIGHT at 7pm! We're kicking off the 2021 Presidential Lecture Series: "Where Do We Go From Here..." with scholar Richard Norton Smith. Join us as he examines three successful Republicans, with a focus on Reagan, whose 1980 election win paved the way for a center-right nation: http://ow.ly/WXsO50Dl8WT

The answer to last week's question?  The Doles' dogs were named Leader.  This week, we ask: What legendary coach at KU r...
02/09/2021

The answer to last week's question? The Doles' dogs were named Leader. This week, we ask: What legendary coach at KU recruited Bob Dole to play for him when Dole was in high school? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

TODAY at 3pm! We’re proud to kick off our new exhibit, “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968” with a talk by Virgil Dean...
02/09/2021

TODAY at 3pm! We’re proud to kick off our new exhibit, “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968” with a talk by Virgil Dean. This program is the first installment of a multi-part series presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968” made possible by Humanities Kansas: http://ow.ly/5Yg450Dl8Fa

Sign up to be a #OneDayOneKU social media ambassador for the Dole Institute of Politics and help us raise funds for the ...
02/08/2021

Sign up to be a #OneDayOneKU social media ambassador for the Dole Institute of Politics and help us raise funds for the Kansas Veterans Memory Wall Expansion Project: https://rockcha.lk/odoku21-dol

In honor of #ArchivesBlackEducation, we're proud to share this picture of the 17th Chancellor of the University of Kansa...
02/05/2021

In honor of #ArchivesBlackEducation, we're proud to share this picture of the 17th Chancellor of the University of Kansas, Bernadette Gray-Little, a true educational leader and longtime friend to the Dole Institute.

One of our proudest moments at the Dole Institute was when we hosted Congressman John Lewis, 2007 recipient of the Dole ...
02/05/2021

One of our proudest moments at the Dole Institute was when we hosted Congressman John Lewis, 2007 recipient of the Dole Leadership Price, in our archives. An original freedom rider, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and a congressman for Georgia's 5th district for over thirty years, Lewis also introduced the bill to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the 1980s. It finally opened its doors to educate all of us in 2016. #ArchivesBlackEducation

Today at 3pm! Brian Steed discusses how Al-Qaeda and ISIS used the Management of Savagery as both an operational concept...
02/04/2021

Today at 3pm! Brian Steed discusses how Al-Qaeda and ISIS used the Management of Savagery as both an operational concept and doctrine. Written for al-Qaeda in 2004 but demonstrated most thoroughly by ISIS from 2014 to 2021, the online published work explains how Islamist ideological groups hoped to defeat the West, generally, and the United States, specifically. This presentation explains the main themes of the work and how it was put into practice.: http://ow.ly/IQjV50DkZqm

A week from today, we’ll be opening our new exhibit, “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968.”  Thanks to Humanities Kansa...
02/04/2021

A week from today, we’ll be opening our new exhibit, “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968.” Thanks to Humanities Kansas #crossroadshk for making this exhibit possible.

Mark your calendars! On February 10th at 7pm, we kick off the 2021 Presidential Lecture Series: "Where Do We Go From Her...
02/04/2021

Mark your calendars! On February 10th at 7pm, we kick off the 2021 Presidential Lecture Series: "Where Do We Go From Here..." with scholar Richard Norton Smith. Join us as he examines three successful Republicans, with a focus on Reagan, whose 1980 election win paved the way for a center-right nation and set the stage for the last 12-year period of one-party White House control since FDR: http://ow.ly/iq8750DkZ6f

TONIGHT at 7pm! Researcher for Richard Ben Cramer’s landmark book What It Takes: The Way to the White House and assistan...
02/03/2021

TONIGHT at 7pm! Researcher for Richard Ben Cramer’s landmark book What It Takes: The Way to the White House and assistant for several autobiographical books for President-elect Joe Biden, Mark Zwonitzer will use his in-depth knowledge of the 46th President of the United States to provide us with insight into what can be expected from his administration: http://ow.ly/hGLt50DkYI3

The answer to last week's trivia question?  True.  This week, we ask: The Doles have given what fitting name to one of t...
02/02/2021

The answer to last week's trivia question? True. This week, we ask: The Doles have given what fitting name to one of their dogs three times? Tell us your answer in the comments below.

What was on Kansans’ minds in the 1960s? Join Director of Museum and Archives Audrey Coleman and Dole Archives Curatoria...
02/02/2021

What was on Kansans’ minds in the 1960s? Join Director of Museum and Archives Audrey Coleman and Dole Archives Curatorial Fellow Virgil Dean for a conversation commemorating the debut of the Dole Institute’s latest original exhibit, "Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968," based on constituent letters Bob Dole received as a Congressman during his time in the U.S. House of Representatives: http://ow.ly/ARr050DkYl9

This program is the first installment of a multi-part series presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968." Thanks to Humanities Kansas for making this series possible.

What is the Kansas Court of Appeals?  Find out by watching the latest edition of Living History, a conversation with Dol...
01/31/2021
Living History - Kansas Court of Appeals

What is the Kansas Court of Appeals? Find out by watching the latest edition of Living History, a conversation with Dole Institute Museum and Archive’s Director Audrey Coleman and Judge Sarah E. Warner, who serves on this 14-member court.

What is the Kansas Court of Appeals and why does it matter? Judge Sarah E. Warner discusses the role of the Court in our state government, the unique, person...

Address

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

Telephone

(785) 864-4900

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Dole Institute of Politics posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Dole Institute of Politics:

Videos

Category

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.


Comments

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..