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Special Exhibits

This page hosts details about current and upcoming special exhibits at the Dole Institute.

Inspired by IKE
Collection feature at the Dole Institute of Politics
Opening Thursday, June 6, 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.

The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies and Advocates
Open now at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture

In the late 1960s, POW/MIA wives bucked government protocol and challenged the traditional role of “military wife.” These courageous women led by Sybil Stockdale on the West Coast, Jane Denton, Louise Mulligan, and Phyllis Galanti on the East Coast and later Helene Knapp in the Interior West organized to form the National League of POW/MIA Families. The women worked with Congress and the Nixon administration to demand accounting for their husbands and pursue their safe return after years of imprisonment and torture by the North Vietnamese. Curated by 2017 Dole Archives Curatorial Fellow Heath Hardage Lee, and based on her upcoming book, The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home (April 2, 2019, St. Martin’s Press), this special exhibition features documents, photos, oral histories and memorabilia from the Dole Archives, personal collections of POW/MIA families, and other institutions.

Programming made possible by funding from Harlan and Alice Ann Ochs of Colorado Springs, in honor of Larry Ochs.

RELEASE: Exhibition will share stories of Vietnam POW, MIA advocates

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Reese Witherspoon, Fox 2000 Tackling Vietnam Drama ‘League of Wives’

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