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.

Operating as usual

Here's a blast from the past - CBS and Cronkite's predictions for futuristic technology in 1967. We've posted this befor...
02/18/2021
Let a 1967 CBS special give you a tour of the 21st century home

Here's a blast from the past - CBS and Cronkite's predictions for futuristic technology in 1967. We've posted this before, but it's always worth a visit!

A 1967 CBS special—hosted by none other than Walter Cronkite—called "The 21st Century: At Home 2001" imagined the kinds of houses we'd live in now, complete with giant computer consoles and robot butlers.

01/17/2021

Please note that the Walter Cronkite Memorial will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on 1/18/21, as Missouri Western State University is also closed.

12/20/2020

Please note that the Walter Cronkite Memorial will be closed for the Missouri Western State University winter break, 12/21/20 - 1/3/21.

Like Cronkite himself, we never get tired of discussing the history and possibilities of space travel.  Great transcript...
11/30/2020
The Space Review: And that’s the way it was on the way to the Moon: an interview with Walter Cronkite

Like Cronkite himself, we never get tired of discussing the history and possibilities of space travel. Great transcription of a 1999 interview with Walter here:

Walter Cronkite was once known as one of the most trusted men in America, a newscaster with a reputation for telling it like it was. Cronkite, who died in 2009 at the age of 92, reported on many subjects during his decades in the news business, including the Apollo program, about which he could not....

11/24/2020

Please note that the Walter Cronkite Memorial will be closed for the Missouri Western State University fall break, 11/25/20 - 12/2/20.

Today is the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.  It would be a great day to visit the memorial an...
11/22/2020
JFK assassination: Cronkite informs a shocked nation

Today is the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. It would be a great day to visit the memorial and re-watch this iconic report, but if you can’t make it in, you can check it out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PXORQE5-CY

"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...

Today marks the date of former Eqyptian President Anwar Sadat’s assassination in 1981. Cronkite helped to arrange a meet...
10/06/2020
Walter Cronkite on his interview with Anwar Sadat

Today marks the date of former Eqyptian President Anwar Sadat’s assassination in 1981. Cronkite helped to arrange a meeting between Sadat and the then Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. In this video, Cronkite reminisces on the occasion and calls his interview with Sadat the most important of his career.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQcBhAMYKSU

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

Visitors often muse about Cronkite’s perspective on news reporting. In this interview from 2006, Cronkite discusses the ...
10/01/2020
Walter Cronkite on Journalism

Visitors often muse about Cronkite’s perspective on news reporting. In this interview from 2006, Cronkite discusses the “bedrocks” of journalism in his own words - “honesty, fairness, truth, and totality of the story - telling both sides of a controversial story.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlYIC6MU4-s

In his 2006 appearance at the NCAA National Convention, Cronkite discusses the bedrock principles of journalism.

Many visitors are surprised to learn that Walter Cronkite was a reporter who lived in Europe during WWII. Our current te...
09/23/2020

Many visitors are surprised to learn that Walter Cronkite was a reporter who lived in Europe during WWII. Our current temporary exhibit explores his role during the war and directly after. If you haven't been to see it yet, it's worth a visit!

As a reminder - our new hours are 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and masks are required.

08/22/2020

Great news - the Walter Cronkite Memorial will be open for visitors starting Monday, August 24! Join us Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Please note that we are currently closed on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, all visitors are required to wear masks due to the COVID-19 guidelines in place at Missouri Western State University.

We hope to see you soon!

"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
Missouri Western State University

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!

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4525 Downs Dr
Saint Joseph, MO
64507

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Free Admission

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(816) 271-4199

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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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