Be Uncommon

Ewing Kauffman’s life took him on an unconventional path that allowed him to enrich the lives of others along the way.


EMK100 Introduction Ewing
Ewing | 1916 to 1945 Ewing Kauffman arrives in Kansas City, discovers reading, excels in school and serves in the military Visit the Ewing section >

Ewing Kauffman energized people around him; he rallied his hometown and challenged everyone he knew to do more.

He wanted to help young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, get a quality education that would enable them to reach their full potential. He saw building enterprise as one of the most effective ways to realize individual promise and spur the economy.

EMK100 Introduction Marion
Marion | 1946 to 1967 Ewing Kauffman flourishes as a salesman, holds steadfast to his principles and grows Marion Labs into an industry leader Visit the Marion section >

In this online exhibit we highlight the milestones and pivotal moments that served as guideposts for his Ewing Kauffman’s life and times. We tell the story using photos, mementos and video, including segments narrated by Academy Award-winning actor and Kansas City native Chris Cooper.

EMK100 Introduction Kauffman
Kauffman | 1968 to 1993 Ewing Kauffman extends his outreach in Kansas City and beyond by establishing the Kansas City Royals and launching his philanthropic foundation Visit the Kauffman section >

This exhibit recalls Ewing Kauffman’s modest beginnings, the creation and growth of Marion Laboratories and the establishment of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. Above all, we will remember his social awareness that was grounded in his belief in people and guided a new style of philanthropy that sought to invest in bold approaches to address the root causes of complex social problems.

We hope that by recalling Ewing Kauffman we can inspire others to build a legacy of their own.



Celebrate the Legacy | Ewing Marion Kauffman 3:28