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.For Walter Cronkite Memorial and beyond, use our Saint Joseph holiday planner to get the most from your Saint Joseph vacation.
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.
Walter Cronkite Memorial reviews
A great exhibit of memorabilia and information on St Joseph native Walter Cronkite. Conveniently located just off of interstate 29 on the campus of Missouri Western State University campus. more »
Well done museum located in the lobby of a college building. Despite its location, there is a wealth of information about Walter Cronkite including many video clips of his broadcasts and additional..... more »
It was tough to figure out where the memorial was because tall trees covered up the signs. When you pull onto the campus it will be right in front of you! Turn into the parking lot on your left and walk across the street to the building. Inside is a very nice tribute to him with lots of pictures and some videos. Plan to stay close to an hour. I think I counted 9 of his 11 Emmys there. You can tell that not only the news was important to him but he was very dedicated to his family ad well.
I was surprised at how good the exhibit was the first time I saw it. Even if you are too young to remember what a great broadcaster he was, the videos and displays are fascinating and give an interesting overview of history. I loved the reproduction of the original broadcast booth, where you can have your picture taken sitting at the desk, and the actual television camera from CBS. It is free and worth a visit.
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