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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 Guidebook 2 shares 4,500 ...

Co-authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe spent four years traveling to every one...

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.

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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Book Program Schedule 2017






09.16 - Saturday

10:30 a.m.

Osborne Library


09.16 - Saturday
5:30 p.m.
Prairie Museum of Art & History

09.22 - Friday

7 a.m.

Ambucs-Town Club


09.23 - Saturday

9 a.m.-Noon

Inman Library


09.28 - Thursday

11:30 a.m.

Manhattan Rotary


09.28 - Thursday

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Courtland Art Gallery


09.30 - Saturday

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Vintage Camper Show



10.06 - Friday

7 p.m.

Weaver Hotel


10.07 - Saturday

2 p.m.

Pioneer Bluffs

Matfield Green

10.12 - Thursday
9 a.m.
Shepherds Center

10.14 - Saturday

7 p.m.

Dodge City Library

Dodge City


Sat - Sun

Sat-9a-6p; Sun-9a-5p

Mother Earth News Fair - Booth 2108

Kansas Expo Center, One Expo Center, Topeka

10.23-25: Mon-Wed

Mon: 5 p.m.; Tue: 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed: 8:45 a.m.-8p.m.

TIAK-Travel Industry Assoc. of Kansas Conference

Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas, Garden City

10.25-27: Wed-Fri

Wed: 4-6 p.m.;  Thur: 7:45 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Fri: 8-9 a.m. (program)

KS Libraries Conference - Hyatt Regency, Maple Theatre (Friday, 8 a.m. program)

Hyatt Regency, 400 W. Waterman, Wichita


11.1-3: Wed-Fri

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

KMA-Kansas Museums Association Conference (book sales at booth and session presentation on Friday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m., Conference Rm. IV.

Four Points Sheraton, 530 Richards Dr., Manhattan

11.11 - Saturday
1-3 p.m.
Valerie's Gifts & Such (program held at the Council Grove Chamber followed by signing at Valerie's.)
Council Grove

11.15 - Wednesday

10:30 a.m.

Life Enrichment, Krehbiel Auditorium of the Luyken Fine Arts Center

Bethel College, Minnesota St., Newton

11.16 - Thursday

6 p.m.

City Clerk’s Conference


11.28 - Saturday
12 p.m.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society, 201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie
11.28 - Saturday
7 p.m.
Lansing Kiwanis (and surrounding area Kiwanis)
Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St., Leavenworth


12.4 - Monday
7 p.m.
Soroptimist International (sponsor)
First Baptist Church, 4th & Hickory, Ottawa
12.7 - Thursday
4:40 p.m.
KAKE-TV (ABC), Wichita
Watch us live!

12.11 - Saturday

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Bluebird Books

2 South Main, Hutchinson

12.11 - Saturday

2 p.m.

Ellen Plumb's Bookstore (sponsor) held at the Lyon County Historical Museum.

711 Commercial, Emporia