Walter Cronkite Memorial

Walter Cronkite Memorial The Walter Cronkite Memorial, a tribute to the famed news anchor born in St. Joseph, is located in Spratt Hall Atrium at Missouri Western State University. Due to COVID-19, the Memorial is currently closed until further notice.
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The Walter Cronkite Memorial, a tribute to the famed news anchor who was born in St. Joseph, is located in Spratt Hall Atrium at Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive. The Memorial includes several wall displays devoted to all aspects of his life, from his childhood and family to his time at the anchor desk and his passion for NASA’s Space Program. There are interactive kiosks dedicated to his news broadcasts and self-narrated stories about his life. In honor of Cronkite’s 1944 perilous flight into enemy-occupied Holland as a war correspondent, a replica of the WWII Waco Combat Glider he flew on is suspended from the ceiling. The memorial also contains a display of items from his life and career and a replica of Cronkite's 1970 newsroom where you can sit at his desk and take your picture. Admission to the Memorial is free. For large group tours or field trips, please make arrangements by calling (816) 271-4100. The Memorial is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Memorial is closed on major holidays.

"This is a story for those of you who may believe life was easier in the more simple days of the Cold War, when the issu...
06/25/2020
A Huge 'October Surprise,' 50 Years Later

"This is a story for those of you who may believe life was easier in the more simple days of the Cold War, when the issues seemed less complicated and the choices more clear-cut -- such a time, perhaps, as November 1956. If so, I caution you to be careful what you wish for. It was not a simple time."

Very interesting story, written and read by Cronkite in 2006 for the 50 year anniversary of the October Surprise. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6369922

Commentator and former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite tells the story of a rare moment in the news business when separate crises converged at virtually the same moment. Fifty years ago, the United States was caught in just such a convergence: As the Russians invaded Hungary, the British and French....

05/04/2020

Though Missouri Western is open for students and staff, the Cronkite Memorial is located in a building that is not currently open to the public. We will post here and on the website when we can safely reopen. Thank you for your patience.

03/23/2020

In 1964, Cronkite interviewed former President Dwight D. Eisenhower about his experience as a General during D-Day. He received a commemorative medal from Eisenhower that is currently on display in our rotating gallery. We hope you will check it out when the Memorial re-opens.

You can check out the footage of the interview here: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/eisenhower-recalls-sacrifices-of-d-day-20-years-later/

03/19/2020

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, the Cronkite Memorial will be closed to visitors in compliance with Missouri Western's response to the COVID-19 virus. At this time, we aren't sure when we will re-open, but we will post here when we do. Thanks for your support, and stay safe and healthy out there.

03/16/2020

Many people don't realize that Cronkite was a United Press reporter during World War II. Stationed in England, he was part of the Writing 69th, a group of eight journalists trained to fly with the Air Force in order to write accurately about the war experience. He saw combat in February 1943 and fired a machine gun, from which he kept the bullet casing.

This bullet casing, along with other WWII objects and information about Cronkite's wartime career, is currently on display in our rotating exhibit gallery. Come by and check it out sometime soon!

Additional information about Cronkite's wartime experience can be found here: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/220269

01/20/2020

Please note that we are closed today, along with Missouri Western, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

12/22/2019

Please note the Walter Cronkite Memorial will be closed in accordance with Missouri Western State University's winter break (12/23/19 – 1/1/2020). Thank you.

Exciting news out of Hollywood.The Memorial offers footage and reflection regarding President Kennedy's assassination - ...
12/20/2019
Chris Pine to play Walter Cronkite in 'Newsflash' movie about eve of JFK's death

Exciting news out of Hollywood.The Memorial offers footage and reflection regarding President Kennedy's assassination - an enormously sad moment in American history that is also an iconic moment in Cronkite's career.

https://ew.com/movies/2019/11/07/chris-pine-walter-kronkite-newsflash-movie/

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this breaking news report: Chris Pine is set to play broadcast…

12/12/2019
Made With Uncommon Character, St. Joseph, MO

Thanks for the lovely video, Made with Uncommon Character. If you haven't checked out their website, uncommoncharacter.com, it's a fantastic resource for everything St. Jo, MO!

For decades, families across America invited him into their living rooms every evening, trusting he would bring national and world events into focus. With his deep voice and warm demeanor, Walter Cronkite delivered the news of the day — good and bad — with unfaltering dignity and integrity.

https://uncommoncharacter.com/stories/walter-cronkite-memorial/

Walter Cronkite Memorial
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11/24/2019

Please note that the Walter Cronkite Memorial will be closed this week (11/25/19 – 11/29/19) due to Missouri Western's fall break. Thank you!

08/13/2019
WALTER CRONKITE 1956 Democratic Convention

Throwback to Cronkite's 1956 Convention broadcast, which was considered flashy for the time. Cronkite produced the same solid commentary - it was the production values that were considered state of the art. Take a look!

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Check out this lovely piece by KSHB in Kansas City honoring Cronkite's love of space - and our new Apollo 11 exhibit!
07/30/2019
Walter Cronkite's coverage of moon landing remembered in KC

Check out this lovely piece by KSHB in Kansas City honoring Cronkite's love of space - and our new Apollo 11 exhibit!

As America marks the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, one of the journalists that helped narrate the moment in history hails from the Kansas City area.

07/19/2019
NBC, ABC Anchors On Cronkite

Prominent news people remark on Walter Cronkite’s legacy at the news of his passing in 2009:

Former "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw, along with that program's current anchor Brian Williams, and "World News Tonight" anchor Charlie Gibson discuss ...

07/19/2019
Walter Cronkite Dies At 92

It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since Walter Cronkite passed away. This CBS retrospective – now history itself - brings back memories.

Legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite has passed away in New York at the age of 92. His journalistic career covered such historic events as the coronation of...

07/16/2019
Walter Cronkite And The Lunar Landing (CBS News)

Today marks 50 years since start of the iconic 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission, and Walter Cronkite was there for it all. Check out this retrospective published by CBS - or even better, check out our Apollo 11 exhibit, on display now!

Walter Cronkite reflects on what it was like to be on the air while watching the first man reach the moon. (CBSNews.com)

We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the retirement of Missouri Western's President and the force behind the Wal...
07/01/2019

We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the retirement of Missouri Western's President and the force behind the Walter Cronkite Memorial, Dr. Robert Vartabedian. It was his vision to create a fitting memorial to St. Joseph’s beloved native son and one of the most important and trusted voices in our country’s history.

Thank you, congratulations, and best of luck, Dr. Vartabedian!

06/22/2019
KNXT-2 1973 The Big News With Walter Cronkite Skylab!!!

On this day in history, Skylab 2 returned safely to earth – the first space station visitors to make it through re-entry. Walter Cronkite reports:

KNXT-2 1973 The Big News With Walter Cronkite Skylab!!! all tapes are cleaned and baked before transfer. please keep in mind the quality Matters on condition...

Man on the Moon! Walter Cronkite's July 1969 report on the Apollo 11 mission became one of his most iconic broadcasts. T...
06/18/2019

Man on the Moon! Walter Cronkite's July 1969 report on the Apollo 11 mission became one of his most iconic broadcasts. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, we've created a new exhibit exploring Cronkite's space reporting. We are also excited to partner with the Cosmosphere space museum to feature some actual NASA artifacts! Stop by this summer to take a closer look.

05/09/2019
Dan Rather sits down with World War II correspondents

Walter Cronkite reported from the field in World War II. In this video from 1985, he discusses his experience with some of his fellow reporters, including Eric Sevareid and Andy Rooney.

From the CBS Morning News in London, hosted by Dan Rather, on May 6, 1985 to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Included are Wal...

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The Walter Cronkite Memorial, a tribute to the famed news anchor who was born in St. Joseph, is located in Spratt Hall Atrium at Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive. The Memorial includes several wall displays devoted to all aspects of his life, from his childhood and family to his time at the anchor desk and his passion for NASA’s Space Program. There are interactive kiosks dedicated to his news broadcasts and self-narrated stories about his life. In honor of Cronkite’s 1944 perilous flight into enemy-occupied Holland as a war correspondent, a replica of the WWII Waco Combat Glider he flew on is suspended from the ceiling. The memorial also contains a display of items from his life and career and a replica of Cronkite's 1970 newsroom where you can sit at his desk and take your picture. Admission to the Memorial is free. For large group tours or field trips, please make arrangements by calling (816) 271-4200. The Memorial is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Memorial is closed on major holidays, on scheduled University breaks, and when the University is closed for inclement weather. Please see waltercronkitememorial.org for details.

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