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. We utilize the three distinct components of the Dole Institute to accomplish this mission: unique displays that tell the compelling story of Bob Dole’s life in the context of Kansas and The Greatest Generation; one of the largest congressional archives in existence which houses all of the Senator’s congressional papers; and finally, the dynamic public programming conducted by the Dole Institute.
Address: 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045
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.
Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to email@example.com.
How To Register/Questions: Contact public education coordinator, Julie Bergene, for tour and program reservations and questions. firstname.lastname@example.org; (785) 864-1420
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Discover the Dole Institute
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!
Brownies – Celebrate your country at the Dole Institute!
Brownies – 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!
Juniors – Go inside government at the Dole Institute!
Juniors – 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!
Find common ground at the Dole Institute
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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.