Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics - Gifts


Polly’s Pond: 32,000 sq ft (3,000 m2). reflecting pool, reminiscent of Washington, D.C. Tidal Basin (gift of Polly Bales of Logan, Kansas).

Kansas State Seal: A 14-foot (4.3 m) replica of the Kansas state seal crowns the building’s façade (gift of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan, Kansas).

Darby Gallery (gift of former Kansas United States Senator Harry Darby’s family).

Russell Window: 20-foot (6.1 m)-by-12-foot (3.7 m) “Russell Window,” a stained-glass work of art evoking the landscape of Russell, Kansas (Dole’s hometown) and many similar western Kansas towns (gift of the Senator in memory of his parents, Doran and Bina Dole).

Kansas Granite Floor Map: 19-foot (5.8 m) red granite floor map of Kansas with brass stars symbolizing the three towns of Russell Topeka, and Lawrence, all of which played an important role in Senator Dole’s life (gift of the Billings family).

Hansen Hall: the main exhibit hall (gift of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan, Kansas).

American Flag Window: a 29-foot (8.8 m) stained-glass American flag (gift of KU Alumni Forrest and Sally Hoglund).

World Trade Center Memorial: two 11 ½ foot columns salvaged from the Twin Towers (gift of KU Alumni Fred and Virginia Urban Merrill).

At the opposite end of the central exhibit hall a 12-foot (3.7 m) replica of the U. S. Capitol Dome (gift of Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole) tops a multi-screen video “tour” of the legislative process, narrated by Bob Dole.

Rhodes Conference Room (gift of Roland and Winona Rhodes).

Simons Media seminar room (gift of the Simons Family).

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