Emporia Gazette and Museum
Emporia, Kansas is famous for William Allen White, who purchased the Emporia Gazette in 1895. In 1896, White's editorial "What's the Matter with Kansas?" made him nationally known. During the next 48 years, his editorials were republished around the world, he became a confident of Presidents, and he received the Pulitzer Prize. Ironically, as he matured he became less conservative and by his later years, William Allen White's position was the opposite from the editorial which first catapulted WAW into national prominence.
Today the Emporia Gazette is operated by the fourth generation of the White family. There is a small museum with old newspaper equipment including a Linotype machine, hand fed printing press, and samples of old comics. Tours are given by appointment during the Gazette's weekday hours, or you will be permitted to look through the museum on your own.
Be sure to also visit the office off the main entrance to the building, which includes several generations of White family memorabilia.
The William Allen White House is open limited hours year around. For $5 you can see the home the Whites built, 19th century furniture and the Whites' curios from around the world. No photography is permitted in the home.
copyright 2006-2011 by Keith Stokes