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2014 We Kan! Award Winners annou...

The 22nd annual We Kan! awards were presented May 3 at the Kansas Sampler Festi...

Record attendance at 2014 Kansas...

Perfect weather brought record-setting attendance to the 25th annual Kansas Samp...

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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!

The 2015 We Kan! Conference will be held March 11 in Salina.

Kansas Sampler Festival

Kansas Sampler Festival

The 2015 Kansas Sampler Festival will be held in Wamego's city park May 2 & 3, 2015.

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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Marci Penner

Executive Director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation
 

Marci Penner
Marci Penner and her father, Milferd Penner, co-authored three Kansas guidebooks in the early 1990s and then founded the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to help preserve and sustain rural culture. Marci is currently the executive director of the Foundation.

In 2002 and 2003 Marci went to every one of the 627 incorporated cities in Kansas to research for "The Kansas Guidebook for Explorers." The observations, conversations, and fact-finding not only resulted in a popular 432-page guidebook but also provided excellent information for the Kansas Explorers Club and We Kan! newsletters that Marci writes.

Marci presents dozens of speeches, slide shows, game shows, and seminars in Kansas and beyond each year. She consults daily with Kansas communities and often with other states interested in the concepts of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The Foundation hosts the annual Kansas Sampler Festival, a Retreat for Rural Leaders and a biannual We Kan! Conference. She is a tireless advocate for rural communities and promoter of what there is to see and do in the state.

Marci, a graduate of Kansas University and a double-sport letterwinner, received her Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Wisconsin. She spent five years in the Philadelphia area as an elementary guidance counselor before returning to Kansas in 1990 to work with her father. The offices of the Kansas Sampler Foundation are located in the Kansas Sampler Center on the family farm near Inman.

Marci is dedicated to helping Kansans see Kansas with new eyes and to keeping our communities alive and vibrant.

Marci's Resume

WenDee LaPlant

Assistant Director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation

WenDee LaPlant

WenDee's main task with the Foundation is to oversee the Kansas Sampler Festival and improve results by supporting the host community and creating a consistent template. The Kansas Sampler Festival is the signature event of the Foundation. She also is helping upgrade Foundation programs in all technical areas, is converting thousands of slides to digital, and is taking current digital photographs around the state to update the photo bank. WenDee helps organize the We Kan! Conference, the Retreat for Rural Leaders, and activities of the Kansas Explorers Club and assists with the many diverse projects that help preserve, sustain, and grow rural culture.

WenDee's Resume


Verna Lee Penner

Verna Lee Penner manages the shipping, membership, and accounting department of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. She is an invaluable support to her daughter Marci and makes legendary cookies for KSF meetings.
 
Mil supports VLee and does whatever needs to be done!