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2016 We Kan! Awards announced...

The 24th annual We Kan! awards were announced May 7, 2016 at the Kansas Sampler...

27th Kansas Sampler Festival is ...

More than 8,200 people came to enjoy the weather-shortened version of the 27th ...

Popular Statewide Festival Comin...

The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced today that the long-time Kansas Sampler...

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!

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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ERV!
Though we're done going to every town in the state we'll still be posting pictures of our journey on Facebook or on the ERV blog and we'll be asking for your help, too, in tracking down information.
 

Our Cause: Preserving and Sustaining Rural Culture

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is a public non-profit 501(C)(3) organization.

Our mission is to preserve, sustain, and grow rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and by networking and supporting rural communities.

The cause is to keep every town viable that shows the will and spirit to help itself.

Please support us as you can.

Our Goals

To educate Kansans about Kansas

  • The Kansas Sampler Festival annually provides communities an opportunity to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in Kansas.

  • The Kansas Explorers Club inspires, educates and encourages the exploration and appreciation of Kansas...and to have fun doing it.

  • ERV is a journey to every incorporated city in Kansas (all 626) to research for the next Kansas guidebook and to observe the key elements in sustaining communities.
  • The 8 Wonders of Kansas contests featured the eight rural culture elements and involves the public in getting to know Kansas.  Now, you can find all 216 entries in the contests within the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook.

  • The "Get Kansas!" blog provides lessons in understanding rural Kansas.

To network and support rural communities

  • "Rural Kansas: Come and Get It" is a project to collectively promote rural communities by telling what we have and helping the world "get" us.           
  • The We Kan! network and newsletter connects rural community leaders and supporters statewide in efforts to strengthen towns at the grassroots level.

  • The We Kan! Conference helps rural communities be the best they can be at being themselves.

  • We Kan! awards are presented to ten recipients each year.

  • Explorer Tourism helps communities of any size attract explorer-types.

  • The Kansas Sampler Foundation acts as a clearinghouse of information for rural communities and often as a liaison with the media.