Preserving the home of William Allen White is a worthwhile project for Kansas.
The Emporia home of famed editor William Allen White is well worth the attention and preservation efforts of the Kansas State Historical Society.
The Kansas Senate unanimously approved a bill this week that would allow the state to take possession of the home and turn it into a historical site. The home, which has been visited by six presidents and has a front staircase designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, already is a national historic landmark.
There are few Kansas residents who are as well known as William Allen White. He was born in Emporia in 1868 and was editor of The Emporia Gazette for 49 years. His editorials and his ties to national political figures drew attention to him, his newspaper and Kansas. Kansas University's journalism school is named after White and he has been an inspiration to many newspaper professionals across the country.
Federal funding of $700,000 already has been set aside to preserve White's home and the state should contribute the resources needed to share this house and White's legacy with the public. The Kansas House should approve the legislation passed by the Senate and allow the state to move forward on this project.