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Dole Institute of Politics

The mission of the Dole Institute of Politics is to promote political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bi-partisan, balanced manner. 

Address: 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045

How To Register: Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. Contact public education coordinator, Julie Clover, for tour and program reservations and questions at jclover@ku.edu or jbergene@ku.edu; (785) 864-1420

Times/Dates: All programs listed below can be scheduled between 9am-4:30pm Monday–Saturday preferred, evenings may be available. Programs run 1-2 hours long.

Cost: Free

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Inside Government for Juniors
 Junior

Wed Oct 28, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM & Thu Oct 29, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Democracy for Daisies
 Daisy

Democracy for Brownies
 Brownie

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES:

Discover the Dole Institute

 All Levels 

Come explore the museum, archives, and educational programming relating to Senator Dole’s legacy in public service. The public education coordinator will take you on an interactive, in-depth look at the Dole Institute and Archives. The museum gallery highlights Senator Bob Dole’s legacy and career of over 35 years representing Kansas in Congress. The Dole Institute is also home to the world’s largest stained glass American flag, Veteran’s Memory Wall with over 1,000 pictures of Kansas WWII veterans, and two beams from the World Trade Center, a memorial to the victims of 9-11. Groups can also go behind the scenes in the archive to see where one of the country’s largest congressional collections is stored. Tours and interactive education activities can be planned depending on grade levels. Younger students learn about the American flag, while older students can delve into voting issues and other topics from the archives relating to civic engagement, legislation, elections, history, STEM, and more. Contact Julie to create an individualized program for your Girl Scouts!

Badge Connections: Daisy Good Neighbor  

Outcomes: Displays positive values. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.


Brownies – Celebrate your country at the Dole Institute!

  Brownie

Be a Landmark Detective! Come explore a museum dedicated to Kansas Senator Bob Dole’s legacy in public service. Also view two beams recovered from the World Trade Center, as a memorial to the victims of 9-11 and a landmark that honors the past. Scavenger hunts and a kid-centric tour also available. It is also important to explore community symbols and here at the Dole Institute is the world’s largest stained glass American flag! Come learn about the American flag with story-time, puzzles, and crafts. Contact Julie to create an individualized program for your Girl Scouts!

Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: Celebrating Community

Outcomes: Displays positive values. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.


Juniors – Go inside government at the Dole Institute!

 Junior  

Plan your political campaign with historical examples from the Dole Institute and Archives. Learning from the experiences of Senator Bob Dole from Kansas, create a campaign poster or button inspired by the Dole Archives. You can also write a letter to your local, state, or federal representatives based on examples written by kids just like you! Museum scavenger hunts and a kid-centric tour also available. The Dole Institute is also a great place to hold your “mock vote” with the world’s largest stained glass American flag or scale model of the U.S. Capitol in the background. Contact Julie to create an individualized program for your Girl Scouts!

Badge Connections: Junior Badge: Inside Government

Outcomes: Displays positive values. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcome


Find common ground at the Dole Institute

 Cadette    Senior    Ambassador

Find common ground with others by discussing voting rights and other public policies. Troop leaders can choose from a selection of activities related to their scouts’ focus.  Participate as senators in a mock debate and cast your ballot on the right to vote at age 18 by reading constituent letters from before the date of the 26th Amendment. Write your own letter to your representative on an issue that you think is important to you and your community. Understand how to compromise on public policies such as ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and how we as educated citizens can learn from history on past national compromises.

Badge Connections: Cadette Badge: Finding Common Ground, Senior Badge: Behind the Ballot, Ambassador Badge: Public Policy

Outcomes: Displays positive values. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.