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I recently visited the Dole Institute and noticed there were two cigar boxes there. Is one the real cigar box that was used to collect money for Bob Dole's war operations, or are they both copies?

The cigar box in the exhibit is the original, according to Linda Kay Pritchard, assistant to the director at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University. The box was used to collect donations in Russell when former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole needed an operation because of his World War II injuries. Dole kept the box as a reminder of the generosity of his hometown.

When the institute opened, Dole gave up the cigar box for display, and he noticed a plastic box near the entrance that was for donations to the institute. Dole remarked that that was his modern cigar box, and a staff member made a copy of the original and put it in that plastic box, Pritchard said.


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