Museums, Memorials & History

Brief History
Emporia is a melting pot of cultures. Once predominantly Welsh, it is now home to a variety of cultures. Learn about the families who built Emporia and those who live here now at the Lyon County Historical Museum and the Howe House and Welsh Farmstead, built in 1867.

The Lyon County Research Center and Archives houses 1 of the state’s largest genealogy collections. The Howe House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our 2 historic Carnegie library buildings house the archives of Emporia State University and the Lyon County Historical Museum.

As home of the first teacher’s college west of the Mississippi, we are home of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Each year, 5 of the most exceptional K-12 teachers in the United States are inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

Honoring all veterans of all military service and patriotism is important to the citizens of Emporia and Lyon County. Emporia is the official founding city of Veterans Day, approved by congress in 2003. Established in 1953 by a local shoe cobbler, Alvin J. King and a local Congressman, Edward H. Rees, convinced congress to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

In 1991, Emporia became the 1st city in the United States to establish an All Veterans Memorial park dedicated to veterans of all wars, conflicts and peace time service. In August of 2003, a national Purple Heart Monument was added to the Memorial, and in November of 2003, a monument was dedicated to recognize the latest wars, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Several memorials have also been erected throughout Emporia to honor veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and the Hispanic-American Veterans of World War II.

Red Rocks
Red Rocks, the famous home of William Allen White and William Lindsay White, is one of the newest attractions in Emporia that opened in 2005. Memorials, schools and a park named for members of the White family can be found on a driving tour throughout Emporia.
Historical House
Red Rocks