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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!

ERV

ERV

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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Explorer Research Voyage

Marci and WenDee are on a journey called ERV

(Explorer Research Voyage in the Explorer Research Vehicle)


THE ERV PLAN

  • The Kansas Sampler Foundation's Marci Penner and WenDee LaPlant are going to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas to research for the second edition of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. The guidebook estimated publication date is Christmas season of 2016.
  • The trip started June 12, 2012 and will finish in November of 2015. When not doing other projects, Marci and WenDee are on the road 4-5 days per week. They are researching a county at a time in no particular order.  They do not make appointments ahead of time.  Follow them on Facebook.

 

See where ERV has been to date.



 
WHO IS THE KANSAS SAMPLER FOUNDATION?

The research, guidebook, and education of Kansans is one of the projects of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, an Inman-based non-profit.  The KSF mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture. Other projects include the Kansas Sampler Festival, the Kansas Explorers Club, the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests and guidebook, the PowerUp Movement, the Big Rural Brainstorm, the We Kan! Conference, Rural Kansas: Come & Get It, more.  The Foundation was co-founded by the late Mil Penner and daughter, Marci, in 1993.

 

THE KANSAS GUIDEBOOK FOR EXPLORERS (published 2005)

(The new book will have a similar format)











There were 432-pages in this 2005 coil-bound book printed by Mennonite Press, Newton.  Within a couple of years, 22,000 copies sold.  We decided not to reprint due to a good number of business closures.  Five-hundred of the 627 incorporated cities in Kansas were represented in the book. The "ERV” trip will lead to the next edition.  The publisher was and will be the Kansas Sampler Foundation.

 

Click here to help support the trip.