Missouri Western State University will host a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Walter Cronkite Memorial at 4 to P.M. Monday, November 6. The celebration will include a brief program, light refreshments and activities with a chance to win prizes.
The event is free and open to the public.
Cronkite was born in St. Joseph on November 4, 1916. He went on to anchor the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981 and was consistently named “The Most Trusted Man in America” in public opinion polls.
The Walter Cronkite Memorial was dedicated in the atrium of Leah Spratt Hall on the Missouri Western campus on November 4, 2013, on what would have been the legendary newsman’s 97th birthday.
The centerpiece of the memorial is a 21-foot tall photographic display featuring 39 images of world and national news events Cronkte covered during his career. A nearby kiosk gives visitors the opportunity to view Cronkite’s news reports of the depicted events, as well as Cronkite’s memories and reflections on those events.
The memorial also features a replica of the newsroom from which Cronkite broadcast the CBS Evening News in the late 1960s and early 1970s, numerous displays of personal and professional memorabilia, a tribute to Cronkite’s passion for the exploration of space, a timeline of his life and much more.
Admission to the Walter Cronkite Memorial is free and it is open 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday except for major holidays and scheduled university breaks.