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Kansas Day, January 29-September 5, 2011
Eisenhower Library, 200 S.E. 4th, Abilene, Kansas
Daily 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.  No admission charge.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene and the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation are pleased to announce a partnership to display the 8 Wonders of Kansas in an exhibit designed to help celebrate Kansas' sesquicentennial in 2011.

Displays will feature the top 8 Wonders in the contested rural culture element categories of Architecture, Art, Commerce, Cuisine, Customs, Geography, History, and People, plus the overall 8 Wonders of Kansas. The additional 16 finalists in each contest will be recognized.

Some of the artifacts that will be shown include a spacesuit from the Kansas Cosmosphere, a full Buffalo Soldier uniform from Fort Leavenworth, John Steuart Curry's paint palette, rolling pins from MarCon Pies in Washington, a place setting from Brookville Hotel, tools to dress post rock from the Post Rock Museum in LaCrosse, shoes and a helmet worn by Amelia Earhart, and a dice game from the original Long Branch Saloon, Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City.

Foundation director Marci Penner said, "Because of the vision of Director Karl Weissenbach, tens of thousands of people will get to see exhibits that feature some of Kansas' best found in unincorporated towns and our largest cities. In one fantastic venue, the focus will be on the diversity and highlights of Kansas. This exhibit will no doubt inspire an increased enthusiasm to explore Kansas!"

A reception for the exhibit and the premier of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook will be held April 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the Eisenhower Library with the program at 2 p.m. The public is welcome but a RSVP to marci@kansassampler.org is appreciated.

Questions? E-mail wendee@kansassampler.org.