One of the state's most influential writers and journalists would have turned 150 years old this weekend. He took a small town newspaper, the Emporia Gazette, and made it famous. We're talking about William Allen White, and tomorrow (SAT) marks the 150th anniversary of his birth. As part of our occasional series on Kansas history, Guest Commentator Bobbie Athon (A-thun) tells us more about the "Sage of Emporia."
Guest Commentator Bobbie Athon is a lifelong Kansas and the public information officer for the Kansas Historical Society. She lives in Topeka. She'll be bringing us more essays about important Kansans in the coming months, as part of an occasional series here on Kansas Public Radio.
Visit Red Rocks, William Allen White's home in Emporia. (Admission to White's Emporia home is free on Saturday, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth.)