KU’s Dole Institute seeks pictures of WWII veterans
Lawrence The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas is asking Kansans to contribute photos of Kansas World War II veterans to be included in a permanent collection at the institute.
The institute presently exhibits eight 35-foot cloth panels, called the Memory Wall, that feature the photos of more than 900 Kansas veterans, most in uniform.
All those photos plus thousands more photos are available in a searchable computer kiosk. The panels of photos overlook the Kansas map on the Darby Gallery lobby floor.
"It is very satisfying to see how many people make a point to look for loved ones' photos," said Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy. "There have been many touching scenes when families of these men and women recall memories or share them with children who never had an opportunity to meet them.
The institute has received more than 3,000 pictures of Kansas veterans since April 2003 when it first sought photos of veterans for the institute, which was dedicated that summer.
To contribute a photo, send pictures of veterans and related information (hometown, service branch and whether the veteran attended KU) to 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045.
Pictures may be black and white or color and of any size; do not send frames. Those sending pictures are asked to specify whether the photo is to be returned.
Digital photos may be sent via e-mail, preferably in jpeg format and as an attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dole Institute, established at KU in 1997 to honor the former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, is designed to encourage student participation and citizen involvement in public service.
The institute houses Dole's papers, the world's largest collection associated with a congressional leader.