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.

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.

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...

04/04/2019
1968 King Assassination Report (CBS News)

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Cronkite reports:

Walter Cronkite had almost finished broadcasting the "CBS Evening News" when he received word of Martin Luther King's assassination. His report detailed the ...

03/27/2019
Walter Cronkite on his interview with Anwar Sadat

On this day in history, March 26, 1979, Walter Cronkite reported on the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Cronkite had a role in brokering this peace between Anwar Sadat and speaks about his experience in this retrospective video:

In his 2006 appearance at the NCAA National Convention, Cronkite calls his interview with Anwar Sadat the most important interview he ever did.

03/05/2019
You are There [Siege of the Alamo]

Cronkite’s history television show “You Are There” ran from 1953 through 1957. Today’s episode is about the Alamo. Check it out here:

My personal homage to the Radio Show turned Television Show [You are There] with Walter Cronkite

We are all familiar with Cronkite's iconic reporting on the death of President Kennedy, but as the anchor for CBS Evenin...
01/23/2019
Walter Cronkite announces the death of LBJ

We are all familiar with Cronkite's iconic reporting on the death of President Kennedy, but as the anchor for CBS Evening News from 1962-1981, Cronkite was also there to report the death of former President Lyndon B. Johnson on this day in 1973.

Walter Cronkite announced the death of former President Lyndon B. Johnson after taking a phone call from the press secretary during a "CBS Evening News" broa...

01/08/2019
What's my Line - Walter Cronkite

Once upon a time, Walter Cronkite was the guest on the show "What's My Line," which ran on CBS from 1950-1967. Fun walk down memory lane for some of us!

The most trusted voice in America is the mystery guest. At Disney, he recorded the narration for the Special Christmas Finale in IllumiNations Fireworks (EPC...

Happy Holidays!  In 2002, Walter Cronkite was featured as the guest speaker for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas ...
12/22/2018

Happy Holidays! In 2002, Walter Cronkite was featured as the guest speaker for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas Concerts. It was reportedly one of his happiest moments, and his baton has been featured in exhibits here at the Memorial.

Photo courtesy of Deseret News

12/20/2018
Conan O'Brien 'Walter Cronkite 2/20/04

Throwback Thursday to a fun interview from 2004 - Cronkite sits down with Conan O'Brien.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien -- thanks for Conan Obsessed for sharing

12/12/2018
Walter Cronkite Martha's Vineyard

Walter Cronkite was a conservationist, especially when it came to rivers, lakes, and oceans. In 1993, he appeared in this promotional ad to protect Buzzard's Bay, a popular destination for boating near his Martha's Vineyard home.

http://westislandweather.com/ This 1993 clip featured Walter Cronkite from his Martha's Vineyard home promoting the Coalition for Buzzards Bay. (The two litt...

11/27/2018
Johnny Carson Plays Walter Cronkite

Who remembers the TV great Johnny Carson? His impersonation of Cronkite will have you chuckling.

This is really funny, Johnny is making fun and paying his respects at the same time.

11/21/2018
JFK assassination: Cronkite informs a shocked nation

Tomorrow marks 56 years since the fateful day that President Kennedy passed away, and the day that Cronkite announced it to the world.

"As The World Turns" was airing on CBS the afternoon of November 22, 1963, when Walter Cronkite broke in to tell the nation that President Kennedy had been s...

St. Joseph friends - please join us for the 25th AnnualR. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues tomorrow here at M...
11/12/2018
Featuring Chris Wallace

St. Joseph friends - please join us for the 25th Annual
R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues tomorrow here at Missouri Western. Speaker Chris Wallace will present "A View from Washington." Free and open to the public.

Fun fact: Chris Wallace got an early start in the broadcasting business serving as Walter Cronkite's assistant at the 1964 Republican Convention.

The 25th Annual R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues presents Chris Wallace “A View From Washington” 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Looney Complex Arena Free and Open to the Public Read Mr. Wallace’s Biography Convocation Luncheon November 13 11:45

10/23/2018
Walter Cronkite: On His Signature Sign-off

Ever wondered how Cronkite came up with his catchphrase "And that's the way it is"? The answer is just a click away:

In a 1996 Newseum interview, Walter Cronkite explained the origin of his signature phrase, "And that's the way it is."

Our new exhibit is up!  If you haven't been to the Memorial in awhile, this would be a great time to visit us again.
10/10/2018

Our new exhibit is up! If you haven't been to the Memorial in awhile, this would be a great time to visit us again.

One unique resource from the Memorial can be found on our website. Dr. Steven Greiert, Professor of History Emeritus her...
09/26/2018
Commentary on Historical Images

One unique resource from the Memorial can be found on our website. Dr. Steven Greiert, Professor of History Emeritus here at Missouri Western State University, has provided commentary on each of historical images appearing in the Walter Cronkite Memorial TV Display.

These commentaries have been made available for download to be used for educational and informational purposes. They're interesting for anyone, but we provided them with US History teachers in mind.

Dr. Steven Greiert, Professor of History Emeritus at Missouri Western State University, has provided commentary on each of historical images appearing in the Walter Cronkite Memorial TV Display. These commentaries have been made available for download to be used for educational and informational pur...

Jack Ambraw
08/06/2018

Jack Ambraw

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07/20/2018
Remembering Walter Cronkite

49 years ago today, CBS News legend, Walter Cronkite, covered the epic story of Apollo 11's history making moment "Man on the Moon".

Glad you enjoyed your visit, Liz!
07/12/2018

Glad you enjoyed your visit, Liz!

Stopped at The Walter Cronkite Memorial on my way to SLC. As a Cronkite School grad (ASU)- I felt like a kid at Disneyland! What an awesome way to honor a news legend 👏🏾

05/10/2018

Please note: The memorial will not open until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 due to a planned power outage. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Walter Cronkite Memorial
05/10/2018

Walter Cronkite Memorial

"Here on the campus of Missouri Western State University, the Walter Cronkite Memorial is more than a fitting tribute to...
03/01/2018
Cronkite Memorial inspires faith in free press

"Here on the campus of Missouri Western State University, the Walter Cronkite Memorial is more than a fitting tribute to the life and times of one of St. Joseph’s most famous native sons. It’s also an inspiring shrine to the values he embodied throughout his career." Thanks for the kinds words to Robert Feder, noted Chicago media critic/journalist (and founder of the Walter Cronkite Fan Club when he was 14) who recently visited the Memorial.

With journalism and the free press under attack, it seemed like a good time for a pilgrimage to the birthplace of legendary anchorman Walter Cronkite.

12/21/2017
Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University

Max and friend have made the campus ready for the holidays. Season's Greetings from Missouri Western!

Heads up space lovers... this is the last week to have your photo taken in the spacesuit at the memorial. Don't miss thi...
08/28/2017

Heads up space lovers... this is the last week to have your photo taken in the spacesuit at the memorial. Don't miss this fun photo opportunity!!👩‍🚀 Missouri Western State University

With the 2017 Solar Eclipse just a week away in Walter Cronkite's hometown of St. Joseph MO... check out his CBS Evening...
08/14/2017
1979 Total Solar Eclipse TV News Report

With the 2017 Solar Eclipse just a week away in Walter Cronkite's hometown of St. Joseph MO... check out his CBS Evening News Report on the 1979 Total Solar Eclipse.

February 26, 1979 major network news report about the United States of America's and Canada's last total solar eclipse. This event occured mainly for the…

07/25/2017

PLEASE NOTE: THE MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS & THE MEMORIAL WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY AUGUST 21 FOR THE SOLAR ECLIPSE, EXCEPT FOR ALREADY SCHEDULED TOURS.

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07/17/2017
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Here is a nice article about the Walter Cronkite Memorial from a small newspaper in southwest Missouri.

07/03/2017
Walter Cronkite And The Lunar Landing (CBS News)

This month marks the 48th anniversary of Apollo 11 and man's first walk on the moon. Take a walk down memory lane with Walter as he reminisces...

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

On this day in 1944, Eisenhower launched the Allied Forces "Operation Overlord," which marked the beginning of the end o...
06/06/2017
Eisenhower recalls sacrifices of D-Day, 20 years later

On this day in 1944, Eisenhower launched the Allied Forces "Operation Overlord," which marked the beginning of the end of World War II. 20 years later, Walter Cronkite interviewed him about his experiences:

From the archives: Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks with CBS News’ Walter Cronkite on the 20th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1964.

We are so excited to host KCJO at the Memorial! Live coverage continues through the morning.
06/01/2017

We are so excited to host KCJO at the Memorial! Live coverage continues through the morning.

For the first time in 50 years, a CBS affiliate has returned to St. Joseph, the hometown of the network's legendary anchor Walter Cronkite. News-Press NOW is live from the Walter Cronkite Memorial this morning. The Memorial includes a special exhibit looking at CBS and the world of 1967.

05/19/2017

Due to a power outage and subsequent repair, the Memorial will be closed on Saturday, May 20, 2017. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

The Memorial will be open regular hours (1 pm to 4 pm) on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Thank you!

05/05/2017
May 5th, 1961: The first American space flight

Today is National Astronaut Day! May 5th was chosen to honor Astronaut Alan Shepard, who was the first American in space on this date in 1961. Check out the CBS News coverage below:

Just 23 days after the Soviet Union's Yuri Gagarian became the first human to enter space, Mercury astronaut Sam Shepard became the first American launched i...

04/26/2017
CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor

Cronkite in the news...

A 28-year-old CBS News executive who had radio experience but was never on TV, took the reins during a strike.

04/14/2017
Apollo 13 Part 7 CBS News Special Report of Flight Malfunction

Walter uses his rocket model to discuss the Apollo 13 malfunction back on April 4, 1970.

From the early morning hours of Tuesday Apirl 14th 1970, CBS News Covers the Apollo 13 mission in Breaking News mode. Walter Cronkite is joined with former a...

04/07/2017

Looking for something to do this weekend? Join us for a performance of Cronkite tomorrow night (April 8) at 6:30 pm in Kemper Recital Hall (adjacent to the Walter Cronkite Memorial in Spratt Hall). No RSVPs are needed, just show up and take a seat!

If you haven't seen "Cronkite" live yet, now is your chance!  Join us on Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 pm in Kemper Recital ...
03/27/2017
Cronkite Live!

If you haven't seen "Cronkite" live yet, now is your chance! Join us on Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 pm in Kemper Recital Hall (located adjacent to the Cronkite Memorial in Spratt Hall) for a showing of "Cronkite," starring Jim Korinke.

No RSVPs are needed, and the show is free to attend.

For more information about the show, please visit http://www.cronkitelive.com/

The drama "Cronkite" in 24 breathtaking minutes, recreates some of the most memorable moments covered by Walter Cronkite while anchor of the CBS Evening News.

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4525 Downs Dr
Saint Joseph, MO
64507

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Free Admission

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(816) 271-4100

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