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. 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.

The photo below was taken during the dedication of the wading pool at Peter Pan Park.  Peter Pan Park is a 50-acre plot ...
07/19/2019

The photo below was taken during the dedication of the wading pool at Peter Pan Park. Peter Pan Park is a 50-acre plot of land donated by the White’s in memory of their daughter, Mary Katherine. It was donated to the city with the caveat that it always remains a park. Franklin H. Reed, of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Neosho, Missouri, was a philanthropist having made his money as a lawyer and in the oil industry. His hobby was creating wading pools in green spaces. It started in Oklahoma but grew to Texas and Kansas as well. In 1931, he funded the construction of the pool at Peter Pan Park. The dedication was attended by friends and family of the White’s as well as many national dignitaries. It was also an ice cream Social. It is said that some 40,000 ice cream cones were given out that day! #kansashistory

Join us today at 2 p.m . for “Fred Harvey and His Girls” by Pierre Sutphin. The Sundays at the Site Series is a special ...
07/14/2019

Join us today at 2 p.m . for “Fred Harvey and His Girls” by Pierre Sutphin. The Sundays at the Site Series is a special event series hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. The programs are free, but donations are welcome. Tours of the house may be available after the talk at regular tour prices. #kansashistory

Join us this Sunday at 2 p.m . for “Fred Harvey and His Girls” by Pierre Sutphin. The Sundays at the Site Series is a sp...
07/12/2019

Join us this Sunday at 2 p.m . for “Fred Harvey and His Girls” by Pierre Sutphin. The Sundays at the Site Series is a special event series hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. The programs are free, but donations are welcome. Tours of the house may be available after the talk at regular tour prices. #kansashistory

Interested in working at a historic site?  Red Rocks has an opening for a Site Alternate.  Site Alternates work in place...
07/09/2019

Interested in working at a historic site? Red Rocks has an opening for a Site Alternate. Site Alternates work in place of the Site Administrators when they are not able to be at the site. It is an as-needed position. If this is something you are interested in contact Red Rocks at 620-342-2800 or [email protected]. You can also visit: https://www.kshs.org/p/jobs/11403

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On June 28, we posted an artifact for you to identify and today we reveal the answer! The artifact is one of the steam r...
07/05/2019

On June 28, we posted an artifact for you to identify and today we reveal the answer! The artifact is one of the steam radiators that was installed in the house during the renovation in 1920-1922. The boiler is in the basement. Originally, it was coal-fired, but is now runs on gas. We still use the system to heat the house. #kansashistory

Have a safe and great Fourth of July! Red Rocks will be closed in honor of the holiday. We will reopen tomorrow Friday, ...
07/04/2019

Have a safe and great Fourth of July! Red Rocks will be closed in honor of the holiday. We will reopen tomorrow Friday, July 5, 2019. #kansashistory

Red Rocks State Historic Site, the home of William Allen White and his family, in Emporia, KS is looking for an organiza...
06/29/2019

Red Rocks State Historic Site, the home of William Allen White and his family, in Emporia, KS is looking for an organization to do a community service project. We have a small area that needs brush and weeds removed and cleaning. This would be a great project for a 4-H club, an Eagle Scout project, or a girl scout troop. If you would like more information, please contact the office at 620-342-2800 or [email protected].

Can you name this artifact?  This item is located on the first floor of the house in one of the small rooms off the tent...
06/28/2019

Can you name this artifact? This item is located on the first floor of the house in one of the small rooms off the tenth street entryway. The answer will be revealed on July 5. #kansashistory

Raised in Kentucky, Sallie Lindsay met William Allen White while both were living in Kansas City. They married in 1893. ...
06/25/2019

Raised in Kentucky, Sallie Lindsay met William Allen White while both were living in Kansas City. They married in 1893. Sallie became Will’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 Emporia Gazette. After her husband died in 1944, Sallie worked with her son to finish his autobiography for publication. She lived 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 her home. #kansashistory

Join us for our Summer and Fall Sundays at the Site program series. Held on alternate Sundays, the program is free and w...
06/23/2019

Join us for our Summer and Fall Sundays at the Site program series. Held on alternate Sundays, the program is free and will begin at 2 p.m. in the visitor center at Red Rocks State Historic Site in Emporia. The topic for today's program is "Friends of Bill White: The Finneys," by Jean Runge. Hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. #kansahistory

Join us today for Artists and Authors in the Garden at Red Rocks. The year's art and book show will be held in conjuncti...
06/22/2019

Join us today for Artists and Authors in the Garden at Red Rocks. The year's art and book show will be held in conjunction with Emporia's Home Garden Tour. Local artists and authors will feature and sell some of their work. Exhibitors will include painters, etchers, and carvers. The annual event if hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. #kansashistory

Did you know that William Allen had a ship named after him? During World War II, the United States named the Liberty Shi...
06/21/2019

Did you know that William Allen had a ship named after him? During World War II, the United States named the Liberty Ship, SS William Allen White to serve in the Atlantic during the war. The ship carried supplies and troops across the Atlantic and survived the war. She was sold in 1947 and was used in several nations until 1969 when, having lived past her usefulness, was sold for scrap. #kansashistory

Join us for our Summer and Fall Sundays at the Site program series. Held on alternate Sundays, the program is free and w...
06/18/2019

Join us for our Summer and Fall Sundays at the Site program series. Held on alternate Sundays, the program is free and will begin at 2 p.m. in the visitor center at Red Rocks State Historic Site in Emporia. The topic for this Sunday’s program is "Friends of Bill White: The Finneys," by Jean Runge. Hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. #kansashistory

Join us this Saturday for Artists and Authors in the Garden at Red Rocks. The year's art and book show will be held in c...
06/17/2019

Join us this Saturday for Artists and Authors in the Garden at Red Rocks. The year's art and book show will be held in conjunction with Emporia's Home Garden Tour. Local artists and authors will feature and sell some of their work. Exhibitors will include painters, etchers, and carvers. The annual event if hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. #kansashistory

From all the Staff at Red Rocks we wish you a Happy Father’s Day!  #kansashistory
06/16/2019

From all the Staff at Red Rocks we wish you a Happy Father’s Day! #kansashistory

We have an exciting event coming up on June 22! Join us for Artists and Authors in the Garden at Red Rocks in Emporia. T...
06/11/2019

We have an exciting event coming up on June 22! Join us for Artists and Authors in the Garden at Red Rocks in Emporia. The year's art and book show will be held in conjunction with Emporia's Home Garden Tour. Local artists and authors will feature and sell some of their work. Exhibitors will include painters, etchers, and carvers. The annual event if hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. #kansashistory

Join us for our Summer and Fall Sundays at the Site program series. Held on alternate Sundays, the program is free and w...
06/09/2019

Join us for our Summer and Fall Sundays at the Site program series. Held on alternate Sundays, the program is free and will begin at 2 p.m. in the visitor center at Red Rocks State Historic Site in Emporia. The topic for today's program is "Sockless Jerry Simpson," by Loren Pennington. Hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. Tours of the house will be available after the program at regular tour prices. #kansashistory

“We say that money talks, but it speaks a broken, poverty-stricken language.  Hearts talk better, clearer, and with wide...
06/07/2019

“We say that money talks, but it speaks a broken, poverty-stricken language. Hearts talk better, clearer, and with wider intelligence.” – William Allen White #kansashistory

Join us for our Summer and Fall Sundays at the Site program series. Held on alternate Sundays, the program is free and w...
06/05/2019

Join us for our Summer and Fall Sundays at the Site program series. Held on alternate Sundays, the program is free and will begin at 2 p.m. in the visitor center at Red Rocks State Historic Site in Emporia. The topic for this Sunday, June 9, is "Sockless Jerry Simpson," by Loren Pennington. Hosted by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. Tours of the house will be available after the program at regular tour prices. #kansashistory

On May 17, we presented an artifact for you to identify, and now it is time to reveal the answer. This artifact is the m...
05/30/2019

On May 17, we presented an artifact for you to identify, and now it is time to reveal the answer. This artifact is the mantel on the fireplace in the living room at Red Rocks. It was hand-carved on site during the 1920-1922 renovation after the fire.

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From all the staff at Red Rocks, we wish you all a Happy Memorial Day! #kansashistory
05/27/2019

From all the staff at Red Rocks, we wish you all a Happy Memorial Day! #kansashistory

Frederick Hatten White was William Allen’s younger brother, born March 7, 1870.  Sadly, he only lived 5 months, passing ...
05/24/2019

Frederick Hatten White was William Allen’s younger brother, born March 7, 1870. Sadly, he only lived 5 months, passing away in August of 1870. Pictured is William Allen at 5 years old. #kansashistory

In 1924, with growing publicity of the Ku Klux Klan, William Allen White ran for governor of Kansas.  A lover of the pol...
05/21/2019

In 1924, with growing publicity of the Ku Klux Klan, William Allen White ran for governor of Kansas. A lover of the political machine, William Allen never wanted to be on the forefront of politics or run for office. However, he loathed the fact that the KKK was establishing a foothold in his beloved home state. White attempted to get the two major parties to take a stance against the Klan. However, failing that, he decides to run on a third-party ticket. He needed 2,500 signatures on a petition to have his name placed on the ballot. He received 10,000. He started his campaign in September with the election only two months away. His son, William Lindsay, drove him around the state to campaign. He ran against the Democratic incumbent, Jonathan M. Davis and the Republican candidate Benjamin S. Paulen. Paulen won receiving 323,000 votes. Davis was second with 182,000 and White came in third with 149,800, 22% of the ballots cast. This photo was used during the campaign as publicity. #kansashistory

Several of the Kansas Historical Society locations, including Red Rocks, will participate in Blue Star Museums, presente...
05/18/2019

Several of the Kansas Historical Society locations, including Red Rocks, will participate in Blue Star Museums, presented by National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, to offer free admission to active military, guard, and reserve personnel and up to five family members from May 18, 2019, to September 2, 2019.

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Can you name this artifact?  This item is in the living room.  It is made of native Kansas walnut and has a very promine...
05/17/2019

Can you name this artifact? This item is in the living room. It is made of native Kansas walnut and has a very prominent position in the room. The answer will be posted on May 30.
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Dr. Allen White, William Allen’s father, practiced medicine in Emporia and El Dorado.  This ad ran in newspapers in Empo...
05/14/2019

Dr. Allen White, William Allen’s father, practiced medicine in Emporia and El Dorado. This ad ran in newspapers in Emporia in 1867. He was a business man and dabbled in other opportunities to make ends meet. The ad shows his general store goods. He states that “I am bound not to be undersold.”
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From all the staff at Red Rocks - Happy Mother’s Day! #kansashistory
05/12/2019

From all the staff at Red Rocks - Happy Mother’s Day! #kansashistory

Did you know that William Allen’s mother, Mary Ann Hatten White, was influential in her own right?  Frequent guests to t...
05/09/2019

Did you know that William Allen’s mother, Mary Ann Hatten White, was influential in her own right? Frequent guests to the early White home were Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was a suffragette and would speak on the power of equality to anyone who would listen. #kansashistory

Red Rocks State Historic Site in Emporia is seeking volunteer docents! If you have a passion for Kansas history send an ...
05/03/2019

Red Rocks State Historic Site in Emporia is seeking volunteer docents! If you have a passion for Kansas history send an email to our Site Administrator, Ken, at [email protected] we look forward to hearing from you! #kansashistory

“My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias.”  William Allen White said these words while...
04/30/2019

“My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias.” William Allen White said these words while speaking to the Garden Clubs of America. He was making the point that, although gardening is a worthwhile pastime, being active in one’s community and country is rewarding and productive. #kansashistory

Have you booked your field trip to Red Rocks?  If you haven’t already booked your year-end field trip, our tour dates ar...
04/26/2019

Have you booked your field trip to Red Rocks? If you haven’t already booked your year-end field trip, our tour dates are filling up fast for May. Call us at 620-342-2800 or e-mail us at [email protected] to check on availability of May and June dates. #kansashistory

On April 12, we asked you to identify an artifact. Today we are revealing the answer!  It is a Grandfather Clock.  It st...
04/25/2019

On April 12, we asked you to identify an artifact. Today we are revealing the answer! It is a Grandfather Clock. It stands in the living room near the arched entry to the dining room. #kansashistory

Mary White lived a short but powerful life. Born in 1904, Mary died from injuries incurred from an accident while riding...
04/18/2019

Mary White lived a short but powerful life. Born in 1904, Mary died from injuries incurred from an accident while riding her horse in 1921. She was quite a vivacious child. She loved the outdoors, was an accomplished artist, was a progressive thinker like the rest of her family and was acquainted with the movers and shakers of the day. A made-for-TV movie was done for her in 1974. It aired on ABC and was shot in Emporia and some of the surrounding communities. #kansashistory

Can you name the artifact pictured here?  It was the first item that William Allen and Sallie purchased overseas.  It ca...
04/12/2019

Can you name the artifact pictured here? It was the first item that William Allen and Sallie purchased overseas. It came from London, England. The photo shows where it is currently standing in the house. The answer will appear on April 25. #kansashistory

Red Rocks opened for the season last week! Our hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.#kansashistory
04/08/2019

Red Rocks opened for the season last week! Our hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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William Allen and Sallie White stand for a photo with Pearl and Victor Murdock during the late 1930s. Mr. Murdock was th...
04/02/2019
William Allen White - Kansas Memory

William Allen and Sallie White stand for a photo with Pearl and Victor Murdock during the late 1930s. Mr. Murdock was the editor of the Wichita Eagle.
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William Allen White - Kansas Memory

We will be back open to the public starting Thursday, April 4.  Our hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to ...
03/29/2019

We will be back open to the public starting Thursday, April 4. Our hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the last Saturday in October. If you need any further information, please contact us at 620-342-2800 or [email protected]. We hope to see you all very soon!
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William Allen and Sallie White hosted many influential guests at Red Rocks. One guest was Edna Ferber (1885-1968), a nov...
03/15/2019
Edna Ferber inscribed book - Kansas Memory

William Allen and Sallie White hosted many influential guests at Red Rocks. One guest was Edna Ferber (1885-1968), a novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Her most famous novels include So Big, which was a Pulitzer Prize winner, Show Boat, and Cimarron. The film version of Cimarron won an Academy Award for Best Picture. The Kansas Historical Society has several books Ferber signed for White. #kansashistory

Edna Ferber inscribed book - Kansas Memory

Red Rocks State Historic Site
03/14/2019

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