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Child Care Doalogue to answer st...

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Showcase counties for 2020 Big K...

Brown, Doniphan and Nemaha will be the next counties showcased in the Big Ka...

Big Kansas Road Trip to Showcase...

Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace in Northwest Kansas will be the showcase counties ...

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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The people of Kansas are the state's greatest asset. From well-known names like President Dwight Eisenhower and Walter Chrysler to the man who invented the flyswatter, Dr. Samuel Crumbine, and the inventor of the Icee, Omar Knedlik, many fascinating people have come from Kansas.

Here are some questions to help assess the influence of people in your town:
  1. Who are the historically significant people from your town?
  2. Who are the present-day characters or contributors?
    Note: Use all the rural culture elements to help think of people. For instance, considering commerce might help you think of inventors from your town.
  3. Which ethnic groups contributed to the formation of the town and still have an influence?
  4. What is the story of the population of your town?

Here are some examples of how towns have emphasized the story of people:


Abilene honors native son Dwight Eisenhower with a Presidential library and historical complex that includes his boyhood home. Atchison has renovated the girlhood home of Amelia Earhart and she is featured in several museums and galleries in town. The Ottawa County Museum in Minneapolis features the story of scientist George Washington Carver.

A most unusual museum in Norton, the Also Ran Gallery, features all the presidential candidates who came in second!
The Lincoln Reenactment Day celebrates the birthday of Abraham Lincoln in the town of Lincoln.

Ellsworth has cowboy gatherings that celebrate the cowboy lifestyle. Iola hosts the Buster Keaton Festival.

 *Ethnic Celebrations

Eastern European immigrants are honored at Little Balkan Days in Pittsburg; Svensk Hyllningsfest celebrates the Swedish heritage in Lindsborg; and the Czech Festival in Wilson recognizes that dominant ethnic influence of northwestern Ellsworth County.

*Historical Markers and Statues          

Garden City, Florence, Wichita, Beeler, Burdett, and countless other towns honor their city founders or famous citizens with historical markers and statues.

For instance, a plaque in downtown Delphos shares letters exchanged between Grace Bedell and Abe Lincoln regarding Bedell's recommendation that Lincoln grow a beard so her brothers would vote for him.