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A Landmark Celebration for a Legendary Leader

The year 2023 marks the Dole Institute’s 20th Anniversary and 100 years since the birth of renowned Kansan, veteran, and statesman, Senator Bob Dole. The Dole Institute, along with our generous corporate and individual sponsors, is producing a months-long celebration in honor of Senator Dole’s legacy. There will be many opportunities to participate, and we invite everyone to join us this summer!

To kick off the celebration, the Dole Institute has commissioned world-renowned, locally-based Kansas native artist Stan Herd to create a tribute earthwork of Senator Dole on the grounds of the Dole Institute. Herd is a muralist and painter who has emerged as the pre-eminent “representational” earthwork artist in the world. He creates indelible images using the earth as his canvas. See for examples of Stan Herd’s work

This project aims to engage people of all ages in an opportunity to honor Senator Dole by contributing to the creation of the temporary art installation. Students across Kansas are invited to contribute images and drawings, which will be sealed onto tiles and incorporated into the final design. The groundbreaking takes place in April. Visitors are invited to watch Herd work as the image takes shape over the summer.

The Landmark Celebration culminates on July 22, 2023, when the Dole Institute hosts a day-long, free public event featuring special appearances, family-friendly activities, a dedication of the commemorative earthwork, military flyover, music, and more. There will be an opportunity to view the completed earthwork, which will remain in place until KU’s Homecoming in October.

This Landmark Celebration gives Kansans – along with the whole nation – an opportunity to reflect on the transformative power of principled leadership that seeks to find common ground with those who disagree. The Dole Institute of Politics begins another 20 years fully committed to this ideal, continuing to grow generations of new and dynamic leadership that our present moment demands.

“In America, we take pride in the past, but we live for the future. To the young people who will come here for inspiration as well as information, may you never stop reaching for the stars – whatever the difficulties.”

– Senator Bob Dole, Dole Institute dedication, 2003



Landmark Sponsors and Donors

Corporate/ Foundation Sponsors


Landmark Event Sponsors

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Landmark Event Ambassadors

Mark and Bette Morris Family Foundation



Landmark Event Supporters

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Capitol Federal

H. Neil Mecaskey, Jr. Foundation, Inc.

KU Alumni Association



Individual Sponsors


Landmark Year Partners

C.J. and Becca Mahoney

Jeff and Mary Weinberg



Landmark Event Ambassadors

Carol and Fred Logan

Crickett and Scott Reed



Sponsorships are still available. Contact Lynate Pettengill by email at or by phone at at 785-832-7424

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