For three hot, muggy days in August 1976, the country and much of the world focused on Kansas City and a scramble for delegates at the Republican National Convention. The battle in Kemper Arena between incumbent President Gerald Ford and challenger Ronald Reagan was the last time our country saw a presidential nomination decided at the convention, itself.
Republican Showdown in Kansas City – staged in partnership with the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas – features photographs, video, and an array of other artifacts from the historic event, recalling the drama and the city’s role as host. Ford narrowly won. Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who served as the convention’s temporary chairman and a platform committee member, wound up as his running mate.
The exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation.