Featured Exhibits

Special Exhibit

Landmarks In Leadership: Senator Bob Dole’s Legacy at 100 Years
On display now through March 31 in the Elizabeth Dole Gallery & Reading Room

About the Exhibit
Senator Bob Dole’s leadership shaped Congress, our nation, and the world. See his life and legacy through your eyes by viewing our special exhibit, Landmarks in Leadership: Bob Dole’s Legacy at 100 Years.

To commemorate his 100th birthday, the Dole Archives presents never-displayed materials highlighting his landmark career. Featuring objects, manuscripts, and photographs from the Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archives and Special Collections, the exhibit tells the story of major moments in Senator Dole’s career through archival collections, such as a vintage 1968 Dole for Senate billboard, a scale model of the Dole Institute, and rocks used for the construction of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Thank you to our Landmark Event Sponsors AARP-Kansas and Microsoft and all our season’s supporters.


Interested in previous special exhibits at the Dole Institute?
Visit the Dole Archives website to see a selection of previous special exhibits that have been on display at the Dole Institute.

Permanent Exhibits

The Darby & Hansen Galleries
Open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibits that Tell a Story
Surrounding the Dole Institute’s main halls are display cases that depict major moments of Senator Bob Dole’s life. These exhibits show and tell the story of Senator Dole’s childhood in Russell, Kansas, his service in World War II, his recovery and accession to Congress, major achievements, and his post-political career. Along the way, you’ll see unique archival objects that provide background on the Senator’s major accomplishments and the society as a whole throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Kansas Veterans Virtual Memory Wall
When the Dole Institute was dedicated in 2003, over 1,000 World War II veterans joined Senator Bob Dole in being permanently displayed in the Darby Gallery. Since then, the Dole Institute has collected even more profiles from veterans who served in WWII and conflicts since. Explore this expansive database of Kansas veterans using our interactive kiosk in the Darby Gallery.

The World’s Largest Stained Glass American Flag Window & September 11 Memorial
In the south end of Hansen Hall, guests can take in the beauty of the world’s largest stained glass American flag window. Featuring over 900 unique pieces, the window was designed and installed by a group based out of St. Paul, Minnesota. Adjacent to the window are two original beams from the World Trade Center in New York, NY. Each beam was installed in Tower One, and later presented to the Dole Institute by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in appreciation for Senator Bob Dole’s work with former President Bill Clinton to develop the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.

The Dole Institute is committed to universal accessibility in all programs and resources. We are in the process of making all of our web projects fully accessible. An accessible version of the material represented on this site will be made available upon request. Please contact us at doleinstitute@ku.edu to request the material be made available in an accessible format, or for general assistance.