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We Kan! Conference to Take Place...

The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced that the biannual We Kan! Conference wil...

2017 We Kan! Award Winners Annou...

The 25th annual We Kan! awards were announced May 6, 2017 at the Kansas Sampler...

Public invited to Big Kansas Roa...

On May 6 at the final Kansas Sampler Festival, the Kansas Sampler Foundation an...

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 Big Rural Brainstorm will be held March 7 in Newton in 2016.

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.

Big Kansas Road Trip

Big Kansas Road Trip

The showcase counties are Barber, Comanche and Kiowa. The event will be held over four days, May 3-6, 2018.

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8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook is an award-winning 272-page book filled with over 800 beautiful photos of the 216 entries in the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests. It is certain to become a treasured Kansas classic whether it's used as a coffee table book or as a travel guide.

In January 2012 the book was awarded a gold in the Media category for Travel Guide by the North America Journalist Travel Association. 

Photographer Harland Schuster, Morrill, went to each one of the 216 places between May and November of 2010 to take up-to-date pictures. Designer Liz (Penner) King has interspersed information about each of the places among Harland's photos to create a book that perfectly fits the celebratory nature of 2011, Kansas' sesquicentennial year.

Author Marci Penner has worked with all 216 entries to compile background information, location, contacts, Web sites and hours to make this spiral-bound book a handy tool when exploring Kansas.

The top 8 Wonders entries in the categories of Architecture, Art, Commerce, Cuisine, Customs, Geography, History, People, and the Overall 8 Wonders are featured in a two-page spread. The remaining finalists are recognized on a half page.

Mennonite Press, Newton, printed the book. Koerperich Bookbinders of Selden, one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce finalists, bound the limited hard-back version.

The guidebook is now on sale statewide in retail stores and gift shops at a price of $29.95, or you may order from our online store.

A hardback version is available for $55. There is a limited amount of these for sale.



Ellen Morgan, Salina
Ellery & Eileen Robertson, Humboldt
Gene & Barb Merry, Burlington
John & Debbie Divine, Salina
Kansas Barn Alliance (from John & Sally Hatcher, Leavenworth)
Kansas Farm Bureau, Manhattan

Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau
City of Lindsborg Department of Convention & Visitors Bureau
Clark Pharmacy/Jim and Sandi Coast, Cimarron
Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau
Grand Central Hotel, Cottonwood Falls
Hutchinson Convention & Visitors Bureau
Jerry Kissell, Wetmore
Jim & Bonnie Miller, McPherson
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson
Kansas Underground Salt Museum, Hutchinson
Lecompton Historical Society
Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau
MarCon Pies, Washington
Marion County Economic Development
Moon Marble Company, Bonner Springs
Northwest Kansas Travel Council
Rainbow Communications, Hiawatha
Sherman County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Goodland
Tri-County Telephone Association, Council Grove
WaKeeney Travel & Tourism
Wetlands and Wildlife National Byway