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“We Came in Peace…” Sculpture

“We Came in Peace…” was created by artist-in-residence Eric Fuson and funded by Commerce Bank. It was dedicated November 4, 2016. https://youtu.be/-3k2LbdxoXs

NASA Exploration

A large mural of images and a display case illustrate NASA’s exploration of space. Cronkite was fascinated by space and space travel, and was the "go to" anchor for CBS's coverage of the space program.

Kiosk: Walter Cronkite’s Life

The kiosk features a touch screen television that plays autobiographical video of Cronkite talking about his childhood, family, interests and career.


The memorial houses caricatures drawn by well known artist Al Hirschfeld. These caricatures were commissioned by CBS for advertising in the 1960s.

Betsy Maxwell Cronkite Tribute

The photographic display tells the story of Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Cronkite, Walter’s wife of nearly 65 years, and mother of his three children, Nancy, Kate and Chip.

Memorabilia Cases

The display cases house items owned by and related to Walter Cronkite, including eight of his Emmys and his CBS office desk. The items currently on display reflect aspects of his life as a journalist [...]

WWII Waco Combat Glider

The glider that hangs near the front entrance of Spratt Hall Atrium, approximately 14 feet from wingtip to wingtip and 10 feet from nose to tail, is a replica of a glider that Cronkite used [...]


The large timeline chronicles Cronkite’s life from his birth November 4, 1916, to his death July 17, 2009. The timeline not only includes photos and information from his life as a news reporter and anchor, [...]

CBS Newsroom Replica

Take a 360° virtual tour of the CBS newsroom replica. Launch tour The newsroom is a replica of the CBS newsroom from which Cronkite broadcast the CBS Evening News in the late 1960s and [...]

Missouri Colleges and Universities

The memorial includes a display that lists Missouri’s colleges and universities. It was formerly housed in the state capitol, and Cronkite lent his voice detailing the importance of Missouri higher education.

Bronze Bust on a Granite Pedestal

The bust of Cronkite is slightly larger than life-size and is phenomenally accurate. The artist, Eric Fuson ’88 worked with the Cronkite family in its creation.

Chamber of Commerce Plaque

In front of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, Cronkite expressed his views about what he perceived as an attack on freedom of speech in 1969.

Kiosk: Walter Cronkite Memorial TV Display

A kiosk with touch-panel controls and a video display system is dedicated to the news reports depicted in the Historical Photograph Display. The videos detail the events that Cronkite covered as anchor of the CBS [...]

Walter Cronkite Memorial TV Display

The photographic display, approximately 9 feet wide by 21 feet tall, is the centerpiece of the Walter Cronkite Memorial. Cronkite served as anchor of the CBS Evening News from 1962-1981, and the display contains 39 [...]