William Allen White’s granddaughter will be the topic of Beverley Olson Buller’s program at the Museum Friends’ meeting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Cowley County Historical Museum, 1011 Mansfield St. Everyone is welcome.
Barbara White Walker was the adopted daughter of William Lindsay White, son of William Allen White. Barbara was an orphan in a foster home in London after she was abandoned by her mother in World War II. William Lindsay White, a newspaper man, sought to adopt two children and had laid the groundwork for this before he went to London in 1939. Only Barbara came to America. Beverley Buller will tell the story of Barbara White Walker’s journey as told through the pages of LIFE magazine. A movie about Barbara’s life was shown in theaters while the war was still in progress. Robert Young and Laraine Day starred in the film.
A Winfield native, Beverley Buller graduated from Winfield High School. She went on to teach English and served as a librarian in Newton schools. She currently works for the Emporia State School of Library and Information Management. She is the chair of the William Allen White Children’s Book Awards selection committee and is the published author of four books, two of which are Kansas notable biographies. Beverley also authored a postcard history of Winfield using postcards owned by her late mother, Loyette Olson, of Winfield. Her father is the late Dr. Bob Olson.