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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 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 Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace. The event will be held over four days, May 2-5, 2019.

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May 7, 2013 | 2013 We Kan! Awards Presented

The 21st annual We Kan! awards were presented May 4 at the Kansas Sampler Festival to ten people who help preserve and sustain rural culture. The awards are given by the Kansas Sampler Foundation as appreciation for dedicated work to help preserve and sustain rural culture.

The 2013 winners are:

Abby Amick, Alma - Powering Up Agri-women and Kansas

Tammy Britt, Concordia - Good Thinker & Bright Spirit

Community of Liberal - Bringing Kansas Together 2012-2013

Marc & Alice Ferguson, Meade - Preserving the Old West Story

Marieta Hauser, Ulysses - Doing It All for Grant County

Don Lampe, Piqua - Always-there-to-help Guy

Liz Sosa, Garden City - Leading the Way to PowerUp Kansas

Brenda Staggenborg, Marysville - Making It Happen in Marysville

U.S. Highway 36 Association - Century of Promoting East to West

Sarah Werner, Winfield - Valuable PowerUp Voice Across Kansas

Foundation director Marci Penner said, "In their own way, each of these people has made an impact for the good of rural Kansas. It is our privilege to honor them."

The awards plates are made annually by Steve and Jane Fry of Elk Falls Pottery.