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Collection feature | Inspired by IKE

June 6, 2019 - August 18, 2019

Sen. Bob Dole’s admiration for President Dwight D. Eisenhower shines in his historical collections at the Dole Institute. As a fellow Kansan and a soldier in World War II, Bob Dole was inspired by the leadership of his commanding officer, General Eisenhower. Years later, President Eisenhower’s messages of people and principle attracted political aspirant Dole to the Republican Party. In the decades after the President’s death, Dole lead many efforts to honor his political hero, including serving as the Chairman of the 1990 Dwight David Eisenhower Centennial Commission, and as finance chair for the Campaign for the Eisenhower Memorial . The memorial will be dedicated next year on the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, May 8, 2020.

In this collection feature at the Dole Institute, explore photos, historical mementos and documents from the archives that trace Dole’s lifelong admiration for Eisenhower. This feature marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and celebrates the re-opening of the renovated Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas.

All museum features are free and open to the public. No ticket is required. The Dole Institute is located in KU’s West District, and plentiful free parking is available. To learn about accessibility at the institute, please click here.

Find even more Eisenhower-related documents in the Dole Archives by exploring our digital collections.


June 6, 2019
August 18, 2019


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