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2015 We Kan! Award Winners Annou...

The 23rd annual We Kan! awards were announced May 2, 2015 at the Kansas Sampler...

26th Kansas Sampler Festival in ...

Just over 12,000 people came to enjoy the 26th version of the annual Kansas Samp...

Custom-designed post festival ne...

Just over 12,000 people came to enjoy the 26th version of the annual Kansas Sam...

Kansas Explorer Club

Kansas Explorer Club

Members of the Kansas Explorer Club receive 5-6 print newsletters a year full of things to see and do that are off the beaten path.

We Kan!

We Kan!

Consider donating to or putting your community project on our crowdfunding site, wekansupport.com.

Kansas Sampler Festival

Kansas Sampler Festival

The 2016 Kansas Sampler Festival will be held on May 7-8 in Winfield at Island Park.

Rural Culture Elements

Rural Culture Elements

The 8 rural culture elements are: architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people! They help you see a place with new eyes.

8 Wonders

8 Wonders

Have you seen the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook? Let it guide you to all 216 Wonders!



Marci and WenDee, of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, are going to every (626) incorporated city in Kansas to research for the second edition of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.

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Our Cause: Preserving and Sustaining Rural Culture

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is a public non-profit 501(C)(3) organization.

Our mission is to preserve, sustain, and grow rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and by networking and supporting rural communities.

The cause is to keep every town viable that shows the will and spirit to help itself.

Please support us as you can.

Our Goals

To educate Kansans about Kansas

  • The Kansas Sampler Festival annually provides communities an opportunity to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas.

  • The Kansas Explorers Club inspires, educates and encourages the exploration and appreciation of Kansas...and to have fun doing it.

  • ERV is a journey to every incorporated city in Kansas (all 626) to research for the next Kansas guidebook and to observe the key elements in sustaining communities.
  • The 8 Wonders of Kansas contests featured the eight rural culture elements and involves the public in getting to know Kansas.  Now, you can find all 216 entries in the contests within the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook.

  • The "Get Kansas!" blog provides lessons in understanding rural Kansas.

To network and support rural communities

  • "Rural Kansas: Come and Get It" is a project to collectively promote rural communities by telling what we have and helping the world "get" us.           
  • The We Kan! network and newsletter connects rural community leaders and supporters statewide in efforts to strengthen towns at the grassroots level.

  • The We Kan! Conference helps rural communities be the best they can be at being themselves.

  • We Kan! awards are presented to ten recipients each year.

  • Explorer Tourism helps communities of any size attract explorer-types.

  • The Kansas Sampler Foundation acts as a clearinghouse of information for rural communities and often as a liaison with the media.