Red Rocks State Historic Site

Red Rocks State Historic Site The home of the William Allen White family in Emporia. Red Rocks is the home of famed author and newspaperman William Allen White and his family.
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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.

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In 1934 William Allen White received the Theodore Roosevelt Medal “as a member of the China Relief Legion.” #KansasHisto...
11/25/2020

In 1934 William Allen White received the Theodore Roosevelt Medal “as a member of the China Relief Legion.” #KansasHistory

We are sad to announce that this year's White Christmas event is cancelled. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2...
11/23/2020

We are sad to announce that this year's White Christmas event is cancelled. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2021! #KansasHistory

Did you know that Sallie White’s parents, Joseph Moss Lindsay and Frances “Fannie” Batchelder, were originally from Kent...
11/18/2020

Did you know that Sallie White’s parents, Joseph Moss Lindsay and Frances “Fannie” Batchelder, were originally from Kentucky? #KansasHistory

William Allen White and Sallie Moss Lindsay were married on April 27, 1893. She was a schoolteacher in Kansas City, Kans...
11/11/2020

William Allen White and Sallie Moss Lindsay were married on April 27, 1893. She was a schoolteacher in Kansas City, Kansas, and he worked for the Kansas City Star. #KansasHistory

“If our colleges and universities do not breed men who riot, who rebel, who attack life with all the youthful vim and vi...
11/04/2020

“If our colleges and universities do not breed men who riot, who rebel, who attack life with all the youthful vim and vigor, then there is something wrong with our colleges.The more riots that come on college campuses, the better world for tomorrow.”
-William Allen White
#KansasHistory

Red Rocks State Historic Site's cover photo
11/03/2020

Red Rocks State Historic Site's cover photo

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 31, will be Red Rock’s last open day for the 2020 season.  While this year was different tha...
10/30/2020

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 31, will be Red Rock’s last open day for the 2020 season. While this year was different than most, we still enjoyed seeing as many of you as we could. We look forward to seeing you again in 2021! #KansasHistory

Although our season ends soon, you can always schedule tours.  Call the office at least two weeks in advance to make arr...
10/28/2020

Although our season ends soon, you can always schedule tours. Call the office at least two weeks in advance to make arrangements. Follow our page to keep updated during the off season! #KansasHistory

“Since others have to tolerate my weaknesses, it is only fair that I should tolerate theirs.” – William Allen White #Kan...
10/27/2020

“Since others have to tolerate my weaknesses, it is only fair that I should tolerate theirs.” – William Allen White #KansasHistory

Kathrine Klinkenberg was a successful journalist at Time Magazine when she married William Lindsay White. During her car...
10/26/2020

Kathrine Klinkenberg was a successful journalist at Time Magazine when she married William Lindsay White. During her career she helped establish Life Magazine and worked as a curator at the Library of Congress. She was a sports editor at Time when she had the opportunity to fly over New York City with Amelia Earhart. Like her husband, she was a Kansas native, born in Cawker City and raised in Ottawa. She was a capable business partner with her husband. While she never knew her sister-in-law Mary White, she worked to preserve her memory. When William Lindsay died in 1973, Kathrine became editor of the Gazette. Known as Mrs. White, she had a no-nonsense business attitude. She established White Memorial Park, just north of the newspaper building. Kathrine died at the age of 85 in 1988. #KansasHistory

It’s time to reveal the answer to last week’s mystery artifact!  It is Kathrine Klinkenberg White’s Louis Vouton luggage...
10/09/2020

It’s time to reveal the answer to last week’s mystery artifact! It is Kathrine Klinkenberg White’s Louis Vouton luggage. An interesting side note are the stickers on the two suitcases. t was customary at the time to place stickers on luggage to show what countries you visited. #kansashistory

Happy William Allen White Legacy Day! While we can’t celebrate in the way we had hoped, we hope you all will visit us so...
10/07/2020

Happy William Allen White Legacy Day! While we can’t celebrate in the way we had hoped, we hope you all will visit us soon to learn about the life and legacy of William Allen White. #kansashistory

These two items sit on the floor of the walk-in closet of the master bedroom.  They belonged to Kathrine Klinkenberg Whi...
10/02/2020

These two items sit on the floor of the walk-in closet of the master bedroom. They belonged to Kathrine Klinkenberg White. Answer will be revealed next week! #kansashistory

In honor of William Allen White Legacy Day, check out our virtual presentation courtesy of the William Allen White Commu...
10/01/2020

In honor of William Allen White Legacy Day, check out our virtual presentation courtesy of the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc., here: kshs.org/18586

William Allen White loved America and all it stood for.  Knowing that he was too old to serve in the Armed Forces, he lo...
09/29/2020

William Allen White loved America and all it stood for. Knowing that he was too old to serve in the Armed Forces, he looked for another way to help the U.S. cause. During World War I, he tried to get one of the news syndicates to send him overseas to write about the war. However, no one would hire him. So in 1917, with his friend Henry J. Allen, they volunteered as Red Cross inspectors. They were to watch over Red Cross activities during the war. They wore Red Cross uniforms and had the rank of Lt. Colonel. During his “down time” he wrote articles and sent them home as a free-lance reporter. Through his life, William Allen could always find a solution to whatever issue stood in his way.

The winning authors for the 2020 William Allen White’s Children’s Book Awards are: Dusti Bowling for “Insignificant Even...
09/23/2020

The winning authors for the 2020 William Allen White’s Children’s Book Awards are: Dusti Bowling for “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” and Girdon Korman for “Restart: Lose your Memory Find Your Life”. However, we are sad to announce that this year’s William Allen White Children’s Book Awards Book will be held virtually due to the health crisis. Since the winning authors will not be coming to Emporia, the annual book signing we have on the porch of Red Rocks (normally held the first Friday in October) has been cancelled.

Don’t forget that our visitor center sells books! It is loaded with excellent gifts, top notch books, and other educatio...
09/18/2020

Don’t forget that our visitor center sells books! It is loaded with excellent gifts, top notch books, and other educational items. #kansashistory

Mary White was born in 1904, the second child to William Allen and Sallie White.  Mary lived a short but powerful life. ...
09/08/2020

Mary White was born in 1904, the second child to William Allen and Sallie White. Mary lived a short but powerful life. She was smart, had a sense of humor, and, like the rest of her family, was her own thinker. She was introduced to all the guests who mingled with the Whites and created friendships with many of the movers and shakers in the country at the time. Mary took offense whenever she witnessed bigotry, racism, and other discriminations and took action. She was also an outdoorswoman. Mary loved all animals but was especially fond of her horses and was always riding around the county. Her father called her his “Prairie Peter Pan.” Mary died just one month shy of her 17th birthday on May 13, 1921. She was riding through town and struck her head on a tree limb when waving to a friend. She lapsed into a coma and lingered for three days before succumbing to her injuries. #kansashistory

From all of us here at Red Rocks, Happy Labor Day weekend! Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
09/04/2020

From all of us here at Red Rocks, Happy Labor Day weekend! Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Did you correctly guess the artifact? This spur sits on one of the little tables that holds a collection of Mary White’s...
09/01/2020

Did you correctly guess the artifact? This spur sits on one of the little tables that holds a collection of Mary White’s riding gear. #kansashistory

Did you know that in 1909 William Allen took his family and mother on a trip to Europe for the first time? #kansashistor...
08/28/2020

Did you know that in 1909 William Allen took his family and mother on a trip to Europe for the first time? #kansashistory

Can you name this artifact? This item sits in a room on the west side of the house on the second floor.  It is the room ...
08/25/2020

Can you name this artifact? This item sits in a room on the west side of the house on the second floor. It is the room we use to talk about Mary White. Answer coming next week! #kansashistory

“Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to...
08/21/2020

“Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right.” -William Allen White

When William Allen White attended the College of Emporia, it was a one room school on the second floor above a shop on t...
08/14/2020

When William Allen White attended the College of Emporia, it was a one room school on the second floor above a shop on the corner of Sixth and Commercial. He didn’t think the school was for him, so he quit after the first semester. He later served on the school’s board of directors. His funeral was held in the school’s lecture hall. #kansashistory

William Allen and Sallie’s first child, William Lindsay, was born in 1904.  As a boy, he met famous guests and accompani...
08/11/2020

William Allen and Sallie’s first child, William Lindsay, was born in 1904. As a boy, he met famous guests and accompanied his father on travels, most notably to Paris in 1918. He enrolled in the University of Kansas but went to Harvard to complete his education. Upon graduation, he worked at the Gazette and served in the Kansas Legislature. Settling in New York City, W.L. married Kathrine Klinkenberg in 1931. By the time of the World War II, William Lindsay did his own reporting abroad. This experience brought him and Kathrine a daughter, adopted from London. William Lindsay wrote for Reader’s Digest and other magazines throughout his life. By his death in 1973, he had published 14 books and saw Emporia’s civic auditorium named after him. #kansashistory

Did you know that prior to the fire and renovation of Red Rocks in 1920, the Whites did not have indoor plumbing, no ele...
08/07/2020

Did you know that prior to the fire and renovation of Red Rocks in 1920, the Whites did not have indoor plumbing, no electricity, or central heat? They used and outhouse that was located just off the southwest corner of the house. During the renovation the Whites had 5 bathrooms installed. A sixth one was added in the basement at a later time. #kansashistory

“You can have no wise laws nor free enforcement of wise laws unless there is free expression of the wisdom of the people...
07/31/2020

“You can have no wise laws nor free enforcement of wise laws unless there is free expression of the wisdom of the people – and, alas, their folly with it. But if there is freedom, folly will die of its own poison, and wisdom will survive.” -William Allen White

Raised in Kentucky, Sallie Lindsey met William Allen while living in the Kansas City area.  They were married in 1893.  ...
07/29/2020

Raised in Kentucky, Sallie Lindsey met William Allen while living in the Kansas City area. They were married in 1893. Sallie became William’s life partner in every sense of the word – editing his writing, discussing issues with him, serving as a gracious hostess, and working at the Gazette. Upon her husband’s death in 1944, Sallie worked with her son to finish William Allen’s autobiography for publication. She lived long enough to accept the gold medal on behalf of her husband for distinguished service from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Before her death in 1950 at the age of 81, she toured the new William Allen White Elementary School across the street from the home.

Did you guess correctly? This is a rotary style telephone.  The family loved to spend time on the porch.  The White’s ha...
07/24/2020

Did you guess correctly? This is a rotary style telephone. The family loved to spend time on the porch. The White’s had the forethought to have a phone jack installed on the porch so they wouldn’t have to run back and forth in the house or miss an important call. #kansashistory

Can you name this Red Rocks artifact? It usually sits on one of the tables on the porch. The answer will be revealed nex...
07/17/2020

Can you name this Red Rocks artifact? It usually sits on one of the tables on the porch. The answer will be revealed next Friday! #kansashistory

We are sad to announce that due to current health concerns, the remaining 2020 Sundays at the Site events are cancelled....
07/16/2020

We are sad to announce that due to current health concerns, the remaining 2020 Sundays at the Site events are cancelled. We hope to reschedule as many 2020 programs as we can in 2021. In addition, while Saturday, October 3, is William Allen White Legacy Day, we will not be able to host an event this year. We encourage you to visit Red Rocks and follow along on our page to learn more about William Allen White and his wonderful legacy.

At his first newspaper job, William Allen White was hired as a Printer’s Devil on the El Dorado Democrat.  The editor wa...
07/14/2020

At his first newspaper job, William Allen White was hired as a Printer’s Devil on the El Dorado Democrat. The editor was T. B. Murdock, a long-time friend of White’s father. Murdock became a friend and mentor to William Allen. #kansashistory

“Sheer luck put William Allen White in the newspaper business.” -William Allen White
07/10/2020

“Sheer luck put William Allen White in the newspaper business.” -William Allen White

Red Rocks State Historic Site will be closed today, July 3 through Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. ...
07/03/2020

Red Rocks State Historic Site will be closed today, July 3 through Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. #kansashistory

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Emporia, KS
66801-3040

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Just in time for Thanksgiving... Bev and the good folks at Granada Coffee Co. in downtown Emporia are offering Red Rocks Blend coffee to support Red Rocks State Historic Site. Savor the wonderful flavor to take your mind off COVID.
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.