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St. Joseph, Missouri: Walter Cronkite Interactive Memorial

Indoor exhibit explores the life of network TV news broadcaster and hometown hero Walter Cronkite. You can sit at an exact replica of his CBS-TV anchor desk and pretend to be Walter!

4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, MO
In the atrium of Leah Spratt Hall on the campus of Missouri Western State University, which is on the east edge of the city. From Mitchell Ave. turn north onto SW University Drive, then right onto Downs Drive. Leah Spratt Hall is the first building on the left.
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Walter Cronkite Memorial

This is a shrine to television anchor Walter Cronkite. If that isn't interesting enough, it's located in the open atrium space of a small college, with lots of videos and personal artifacts from Cronkite's life. The university campus has a lot of sculptures and is well-maintained. Plus it's all free!

[Andrea Clark, 09/22/2020]

Walter Cronkite Interactive Memorial.

Walter Cronkite Interactive Memorial

Great photo opportunities, where you can pose as Walter behind the news desk, and also get into an astronaut suit! Unless you stand around listening to tons of Cronkite audio clips, you'll probably be through it in about a half hour. There's a pretty neat rocket sculpture.

[Heidi, 10/03/2017]

Cronkite news desk.

Walter Cronkite Memorial

Pay homage to Walter Cronkite in the atrium of a St. Joseph university. First to catch your eye is the giant display of his most memorable news reports (think JFK assassination, Man on the Moon, etc.), and you can watch all of the reports on a touchscreen kiosk.

Best part? Pop on the pair of black plastic glasses and print your picture at a replica of Cronkite's great big horseshoe desk. And that's the way it is!

[A. Clark, 03/25/2016]

Walter was born in St. Joseph in 1916. Across town, in the Patee House Museum, is the preserved dentist office of Walter Cronkite's dad.

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