The Museum

The Dole Institute of Politics

Our family-friendly museum galleries feature the world’s largest stained-glass American flag, Kansas Veterans Memory Wall, a permanent exhibit on the life and leadership of Senator Bob Dole, and special exhibits in the Elizabeth Dole Gallery & Reading Room.

“For greatness lies not in what office you hold, but in how honest you are, in how you face adversity, and in your willingness to stand fast in hard places.”

Bob Dole

Civic Education & Engagement

Opportunities for students of all ages, as well as their teachers. Grow as a leader, study our country’s history, engage with politics and government. You can make a difference!

The Dole Archives

The Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archives and Special Collections is one of the largest Congressional archives in the country, documenting the lives and careers of Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole. Manuscripts, photographs, film, objects, and other unique materials document a wide range of topics central to the political, social, and cultural history of 20th century America and beyond.

Student Advisory Board

The Dole Institute Student Advisory Board is a group of KU students united by common interests in community service, government, and politics. Together, we broaden our understanding of the U.S. and the world at large through discussions and events on all topics that intersect politics.

“What empowerment is all about [is] finding something which infuses you with a sense of mission, with a passion for your life's work. I don't believe there is one path for women or one nature to fulfill. Real fulfillment, real empowerment is often different than we imagine and better than we plan.”

Elizabeth Dole

The Dole Legacies

Robert J. Dole

Robert “Bob” Joseph Dole found strength in a modest Midwestern background to overcome devastating war wounds and become a towering figure in American politics.

Elizabeth H. Dole

Elizabeth Hanford Dole aspired to public service from a young age. A trailblazing figure for women in leadership, she broke barriers in politics and government throughout her own career and mentored new generations.