Red Rocks State Historic Site

Red Rocks State Historic Site The home of the William Allen White family in Emporia.
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Red Rocks is the home of famed author and newspaperman William Allen White and his family. Owner and publisher of the Emporia Gazette, William Allen White was a confidant, friend, and advisor to 5 U.S. Presidents who came to visit him at Red Rocks. The Gazette is still being run by the 4th generation of White's. William Allen ran for Governor of Kansas in 1932 on a third party ticket but was defeated.

In support of the United States’ involvement in World War I, the Student Army Training Corps was brought to university c...
04/10/2020

In support of the United States’ involvement in World War I, the Student Army Training Corps was brought to university campuses across the country. One institution that participated was the University of Kansas. William Lindsay White was a participant in the program during his time at the school. #kansashistory

Red Rocks State Historic Site's cover photo
04/09/2020

Red Rocks State Historic Site's cover photo

Tragically, the world lost Mary Katherine White, daughter of the well-known William Allen White, when she was only 16 ye...
03/27/2020

Tragically, the world lost Mary Katherine White, daughter of the well-known William Allen White, when she was only 16 years old. Despite her young age, Mary left quite a legacy. She learned to be a progressive thinker and always tried to do the best for her fellow man. She was an advocate for an indoor lounge/restroom for girls of color instead of the outdoor privy in her high school. She felt it was unfair that white girls had an indoor lounge, while those of color experienced unequal conditions. While she knew the school wasn’t ready to change segregation, she still fought for this improvement and two years after her death the school made this change. #kansashistory

A quote from William Allen White: “Dip your pen into your arteries and write!” #kansashistory
03/20/2020

A quote from William Allen White: “Dip your pen into your arteries and write!” #kansashistory

Red Rocks State Historic Site's cover photo
03/19/2020

Red Rocks State Historic Site's cover photo

The seasonal opening for Red Rocks State Historic Site will be delayed due to health and safety concerns until further n...
03/18/2020

The seasonal opening for Red Rocks State Historic Site will be delayed due to health and safety concerns until further notice.

We will continue to share Kansas history through our social media, KSHS.org, and kansasmemory.org. Please note that due to the closure of our business offices, we will be unable to respond to emails, calls, and social media messages. We will respond upon our return.

For more information visit our website at https://www.kshs.org/

Find the latest information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus: https://govstatus.egov.com/coronavirus

Are you interested in working at a historic site?  Red Rocks has an opening for docents.  Docents help with tours and sp...
03/13/2020

Are you interested in working at a historic site? Red Rocks has an opening for docents. Docents help with tours and special events. This is a volunteer position. To learn more, contact Red Rocks at 620-342-2800 or [email protected]. #kansashistory

It’s time to reveal the answer to last week’s artifact! It is a samovar, which was used to keep tea hot. This particular...
03/06/2020

It’s time to reveal the answer to last week’s artifact! It is a samovar, which was used to keep tea hot. This particular one came from Romania. Although the White’s picked up many souvenirs during their travels around the world, this item was not a souvenir. It was purchased in a second-hand store in Emporia, Kansas.

Can you name this artifact? This artifact is in the living room of Red Rocks.  It sits on top of the bookshelf to the ri...
02/28/2020

Can you name this artifact? This artifact is in the living room of Red Rocks. It sits on top of the bookshelf to the right of the fireplace and is made of brass. Comment your answers below! The answer will be posted next week. #kansashistory

In 1950, President Herbert Hoover dedicated the bust of his friend William Allen White in Peter Pan Park in Emporia. #ka...
02/21/2020

In 1950, President Herbert Hoover dedicated the bust of his friend William Allen White in Peter Pan Park in Emporia. #kansashistory

Happy Birthday to William Allen White who was born on this day in 1868. Born in Emporia, he would move to El Dorado as a...
02/10/2020

Happy Birthday to William Allen White who was born on this day in 1868. Born in Emporia, he would move to El Dorado as a child. He later returned to run the Emporia Gazette. The newspaper is still in the family and is now run by his great grandson, Christopher White Walker. #kansashistory

“In education, we are striving not to teach youth to make a living, but to make a life.” -William Allen White#kansashist...
02/07/2020

“In education, we are striving not to teach youth to make a living, but to make a life.” -William Allen White

#kansashistory

Did you know that Red Rocks opened to the public as a state historic site in May 2005? This makes 2020 our 15th season! ...
01/31/2020

Did you know that Red Rocks opened to the public as a state historic site in May 2005? This makes 2020 our 15th season! We can’t wait to see you soon!

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In the foyer off the 10th Street entrance to Red Rocks is a photograph of Barbara sitting on a porch of a house with som...
01/24/2020

In the foyer off the 10th Street entrance to Red Rocks is a photograph of Barbara sitting on a porch of a house with some of her toys. The photo was taken right after her adoption and William Lindsay had just brought her back to the states. The house was a farm house in western New Jersey that William Lindsay and Kathrine bought so Barbara could more easily adjust to living in the U.S., as she was having trouble with adjusting to living in the city. #kansashistory

Before William Lindsay White took over control of the Gazette, he and Kathrine lived in New York City. They worked for v...
01/17/2020

Before William Lindsay White took over control of the Gazette, he and Kathrine lived in New York City. They worked for various media companies. They lived in a Brownstone apartment on East 66th Street, which still stands today. #kansashistory

Interested in working at a historic site?  Red Rocks has an opening for docents. This volunteer position helps with tour...
01/10/2020

Interested in working at a historic site? Red Rocks has an opening for docents. This volunteer position helps with tours and special events. If this is something you are interested in contact Red Rocks at 620-342-2800 or [email protected]
#kansashistory

It's another White Christmas as Red Rocks! Come see Red Rocks decorated for the holidays and enjoy refreshments and live...
12/08/2019

It's another White Christmas as Red Rocks! Come see Red Rocks decorated for the holidays and enjoy refreshments and live music today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.! The event is hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. #kansashistory

It's another White Christmas as Red Rocks! Come see Red Rocks decorated for the holidays and enjoy refreshments and live...
12/08/2019

It's another White Christmas as Red Rocks! Come see Red Rocks decorated for the holidays and enjoy refreshments and live music today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.! The event is hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. #kansashistory

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday. #kansashistory
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday.

#kansashistory

We have come to the close of another season. We will close at the end of the day, tomorrow, Saturday, October 26.  Remem...
10/25/2019

We have come to the close of another season. We will close at the end of the day, tomorrow, Saturday, October 26. Remember you can always visit us here on Facebook. If you want a tour during the off-season, we can do tours for 10 or more guests with at least a two-week notice. Call or e-mail us to make arrangements at 620-342-2800 or [email protected]. #kansashistory

As our 2019 season comes to an end next week, we would like to take a moment to thank you all for another successful yea...
10/18/2019

As our 2019 season comes to an end next week, we would like to take a moment to thank you all for another successful year! We appreciate your interest in Red Rocks! It has been our deepest pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you again in 2020! If you haven’t made it by this season, you have one more week before we close on October 26 and don’t forget that we can also schedule tours during the off season! Stay tuned for updates about our White Christmas event this December! #kansashistory

Last week we shared an artifact for you all to identify! Today we reveal the answer as… William Lindsey’s Gate Posts!  I...
10/15/2019

Last week we shared an artifact for you all to identify! Today we reveal the answer as…
William Lindsey’s Gate Posts! In the late 1950s, a night club east of town burned down one night and all that was left were the stone structures of the building. William Lindsay liked these posts and bought them from the owner’s family. He originally placed them near the fish pond, but later moved them to their current location. #kansashistory

These two items site in the far corner of the garden at Red Rocks.  They are stone carvings of a man and a woman.  Can y...
10/08/2019

These two items site in the far corner of the garden at Red Rocks. They are stone carvings of a man and a woman. Can you name them? The answer will be posted next Tuesday, October 15! #kansashistory

William Allen and Sallie White welcomed their first child when William Lindsay was born in 1900. As a boy, he met famous...
10/04/2019

William Allen and Sallie White welcomed their first child when William Lindsay was born in 1900. As a boy, he met famous guests and accompanied his father on travels, most notably to Paris in 1919 to cover the signing of the Versailles Peace Treaty. He enrolled in the University of Kansas, but later moved to Harvard to complete his education. Upon graduation, he worked at The Emporia Gazette and served in the Kansas legislature. Settling in New York City, William married Kathrine Klinkenberg in 1931. His radio reports from the European Theater for Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) earned him the National Headliner Award. He worked for Edward R. Murrow. This experience also brought William and Kathrine their daughter Barbara, a war refugee from London who survived the blitzkrieg. He remained Roving Editor for Reader’s Digest and wrote for other magazines throughout his life, and even published 14 books, three of which were adapted into movies. Shortly after his death in 1973, the City of Emporia named its civic auditorium in his honor. #kansashistory

Join us to meet the William Allen White Children's Book Award winning authors tonight at 5 p.m. The event will showcase ...
10/04/2019

Join us to meet the William Allen White Children's Book Award winning authors tonight at 5 p.m. The event will showcase the two winning authors from this year's contest who will be signing books for students. The book awards are presented annually at Emporia State University. #kansashistory

Are you interested in history and William Allen White? We have openings for docents. To learn more about volunteeringCon...
10/01/2019

Are you interested in history and William Allen White? We have openings for docents. To learn more about volunteering
Contact us at 620-342-2800 or at [email protected] for more information. #kansashistory

The William Allen White Children's Book Awards Winning Authors Book Signing is a special event hosted by the William All...
09/27/2019

The William Allen White Children's Book Awards Winning Authors Book Signing is a special event hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc with support from Red Rocks State Historic Site. The event will showcase the two winning authors from this year's contest - Sara Pennypacker for "Pax" and Jason Reynolds for "Ghost". The William Allen White Children's Book Awards is an annual contest where children in Kansas schools have the opportunity to vote on the books entered in the contest. The winners are presented awards at Emporia State University the first Friday in October. The winners are then hosted at Red Rocks so that the students attending the event can have their books autographed by the authors. Local book merchants will be on hand to sell copies of the winning books. Tours of Red Rocks will be available at regular tour prices during the signing. Schools need to contact the site in advance to reserve a tour time. #kansashistory

Help us celebrate the legacy that William Allen White and his family left us in their writings and support of the commun...
09/24/2019

Help us celebrate the legacy that William Allen White and his family left us in their writings and support of the community. The first Saturday in October is set aside as William Allen White Legacy Day. Visit Red Rocks and learn more about this amazing man! #kansashistory

09/23/2019
Harvey House

One of our Sundays at the Site programs this past summer was on Harvey Houses. Check it out below! #kansashistory

Harvey House~~Pierre Sutphin, Speaker~~July 14, 2019~~Red Rocks~~Emporia, KS

Have you been wanting to visit Red Rocks? Tomorrow we are participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!  This o...
09/20/2019
Visit A Participating Museum For Free on 9/21/19

Have you been wanting to visit Red Rocks? Tomorrow we are participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! This offers two free admissions per household and address. To participate visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday and print your free tickets! #kansashistory

Join us for Museum Day on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

In 1896, William Allen White wrote his well-known editorial “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”  Here is an excerpt: “Today...
09/17/2019

In 1896, William Allen White wrote his well-known editorial “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” Here is an excerpt:
“Today the Kansas Department of Agriculture sent out a statement which indicates that Kansas has gained less than two thousand people in the past year. There are about two hundred and twenty-five thousand families in the state, and there were about ten thousand babies born in Kansas, and yet so many people have left the state that the natural increase is cut down to less than two thousand net.

This has been going on for eight years. . . .

. . . What's the matter with Kansas?

Nothing under the shining sun. She is losing wealth, population and standing. She has got her statesmen, and the money power is afraid of her. Kansas is all right. She has started in to raise hell, as Mrs. Lease advised, and she seems to have an over-production. But that doesn't matter. Kansas never did believe in diversified crops. Kansas is all right. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Kansas. ‘Every prospect pleases and only man is vile.’”

#kansashistory

Emporia was founded in 1857, and with it the first newspaper appeared. This first paper was called “Kansas News,” and wa...
09/13/2019

Emporia was founded in 1857, and with it the first newspaper appeared. This first paper was called “Kansas News,” and was started to promote the Republican Party. In 1890, a worker split off and started the “Emporia Gazette.” In 1895, William Allen White purchased the Gazette at a time when the recent stock market crash left most newspapers in the country struggling financially. He bought the paper for 3,000 dollars on a loan, which he quickly paid back from the sales of his books and stories. His editorials were frequently published in other papers throughout the country and made the Gazette a prominent fixture in U.S. journalism. The White family still owns and operates the Emporia Gazette today. #kansashistory

Kathrine Klinkenberg was already an accomplished career woman when she met and married William Lindsay White in 1931. Du...
09/10/2019

Kathrine Klinkenberg was already an accomplished career woman when she met and married William Lindsay White in 1931. During her career, she worked as a fact-checker at Time magazine, as a curator at the Library of Congress, helped establish Life magazine, and even had the opportunity to fly over New York City with Amelia Earhart while working as the interim sports editor at Time. Kathrine was a Kansas native and was born in Cawker City and raised in Ottawa. Her and William Lindsay had a strong partnership, and she took over the Emporia Gazette upon her husband’s death in 1973. While she never met her sister-in-law Mary, she worked to preserve her memory and established White Memorial Park in honor of husband. #kansashistory

09/07/2019

Join Teri Finneman as she speaks about women’s suffrage at Red Rocks State Historic Site tomorrow at 2 p.m. #kansashistory

“Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.” -William Allen White#kansashist...
09/03/2019

“Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.” -William Allen White

#kansashistory

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During the summer between my junior and senior year at KSTC I mowed the yard at Red Rocks and the yard at Roberts Blue Barnett Funeral Home. TMy recollection was the house and yard needed work.
Took the tour Septembert 29, 2017.