Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Lawrence

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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.
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  • The building is beautiful inside and out. The pond and the large expanse of lawn are lovely. The big attraction is the stained glass sculpture. There's also a piece of a tower that fell on 9/11/2001. ...  more »
  • Set on a beautiful campus, the museum showcases the life of Bob Dole from his college days onto his political career. The museum is a great way to help us understand how Americans can improve our nati...  more »
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  • Amazing tribute to a war hero and an amazing and respected politician! I will go back and take my family next time.
  • Gorgeous building. Lots of history. The USO Themeed Veteran’s Gala they hold every year is nothing short of spectacular. Love how they combine th young ROTC Cadets/Midships from KU with all the veterans in the community for one evening. Truly an amazing and humbling time. Thank you again for putting some much effort into making so many veterans feel as special as they do at this event.

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