By Natalie Vondrak |

John Lewis Waller: A 19th Century Renaissance Man

In this episode, Joel and Natalie are joined by local historian Dr. Bob Dinsdale who shares a story about an extraordinary man named John Lewis Waller. John was African American author, politician, and diplomat whose story reaches far beyond the state of Kansas. Learn how he faced adversity both in the United States and in the country of Madagascar in this episode of Time Capsule with the Watkins Museum.

Interested in learning more? Read Dr. Dinsdale’s blog on Explore Lawrence’s website by clicking this link.

Time Capsule with KLWN’s Joel Becker and the Watkins Museum’s Natalie Vondrak explores the history of Lawrence or Douglas County and shares the stories of the people and events that have helped shape our community. The show airs the first Tuesday of the month during Radio for Grownups around 10:10 AM on FM 101.7 or AM 1320 KLWN.