Former Sen. Pat Roberts to participate in virtual Dole Institute event

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Former U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts

A Dole Institute of Politics exhibit about Bob Dole’s early years in Congress will include a virtual event on Tuesday featuring former U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.

The exhibit, “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968,” focuses on Dole’s role as a congressman representing the western half of the state, known as the “Big First” district. Roberts worked with Dole in the 1960s and 1970s and later also served as a representative to the first congressional district.

“This is a great opportunity to hear about Senator Roberts’ earliest experiences representing Kansas as a congressional staffer and a contemporary of Bob Dole in the 1960s and ’70s,” Audrey Coleman, Dole Institute associate director and director of museum and archives, said in a press release. “As a congressman elected to serve the same district 20 years later, Senator Roberts will also have important insight into the concerns of Kansans in two very different eras.”

Coleman will serve as a moderator for the virtual event, which will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The event is free and will be livestreamed on the Dole Institute’s YouTube channel and website, The Dole Institute’s exhibit, “Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968,” will be on display in the Elizabeth Dole Gallery and Reading Room through fall 2021.


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