Presentation: "William Allen White's Heartland Values"
“William Allen White’s Heartland Values” will be the topic at the Tuesday, Aug. 28, Tonganoxie Community Historical Society meeting.
Frederick A. Krebs, a professor in the Social Science and Humanities Division at Johnson County Community College, will give the presentation about White. Krebs received his master’s degree in American history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The program will focus on White using the platform of the Emporia Gazette during a 50-year period to define the common values of the American Heartland. He believed that democracy and citizenship were at their best in small towns. In his editorials, speeches and books, White talked about a citizenship ethic based on reason, kindness and justice and advocated a middle-class society as the best venue for practicing citizenship and democracy.
The presentation, made possible through the Kansas Humanities Council, will start at 7 p.m. at the historic site, 201 W. Washington. The event is open to the public.