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Kansas Sampler

2017 We Kan! Award Winners Annou...

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

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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!

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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FAQ's

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
We are specifically looking for representatives from volunteer-led communities.  Whether you have beginner computer skills or advanced, we will work with you if you are willing to help your town by coming to this class.  This is for positive people willing to invest time for the good of their community.  In larger cities, if you have a convention and visitors bureau you should coordinate your interest in this class through them.

IS THERE A FEE?
$20 pays for lunch and notebook.

OVERALL PLAN
The plan is to create a website that shows what rural Kansas has to offer explorer visitors. The home page will teach them about the Explorer mindset so when they go to each community page they'll be ready for your Explorer information listed in the eight categories of architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people. We'll use technology to help the potential visitors or other worldwide viewers "get" us, "get" our rural culture. So, through the web site we'll invite them to come here and visit and help them "get" or understand us.

THE PROJECT IS MORE THAN A WEB SITE
Eventually, we'll do more beyond the web site but going through these classes will be the start of unfolding a new and dynamic promotion of rural communities.

CAN ATTRACTIONS HAVE THEIR OWN PAGE?
No, but attractions and locally-owned businesses can sure have a presence on the community page.

IF YOUR TOWN ALREADY HAS A WEB SITE, SHOULD THEY STILL DO THIS?
YES! This will be a powerful collective promotion and educational tool for rural communities. You may link to your web site from this page but this will be a web site with unique features that will attract a certain audience and will be pointed to from countless places.

IF YOUR TOWN DOES NOT HAVE A WEB SITE, SHOULD THEY DO THIS?
YES! Then you'll have a link to give the media for events and attractions.  You can even pay a nominal fee for a domain name that will take the public directly to your page.  Every town needs to have a web site.  Though you can't include school, church, and city information that just locals need, it still is a site that can be very useful for your town.


CAN MORE THAN ONE PERSON ATTEND PER COMMUNITY?
YES!

CAN A COUNTY PERSON TAKE THE CLASS FOR SEVERAL TOWNS?
Each town must send their own representative though a county person is encouraged to take the class to support the efforts of each town.  Designed to help towns help themselves, the theory is that towns don't become empowered by someone outside the town doing the work for them.

PHILOSOPHY
Gaining benefits for your community depends on effort and responsibility, not pay to play. These classes are designed to empower a rural community and help it be the best it can be at being itself. Communities with the will and spirit to be viable will have every opportunity to use this rural tourism initiative as a positive impact tool. Put the most you can into these classes and your community will benefit in a way it never has before regarding tourism.

FUNCTION OF THE WEB SITE HOME PAGE
The home page will teach people the Explorer mind set. The web site will be the place for people to plan their online or in-person visit in the state either geographically or thematically. The web site will allow people to click on a Kansas map or choose a town or region by clicking a letter in the alphabet. The 8 rural culture elements will be used to show who we are in an explorery thematic way. The Kansas Guidebook for Explorers will also be placed online thematically and will continually be updated.

WHAT WILL BE ON THE COMMUNITY WEB PAGE
Let's use Waterville, for example. When people get to the Waterville page it will say "Waterville Kansas: Come...and get it." Waterville's page will:
1) list local Explorer attractions according to the rural culture elements
2) link the public to your regular home page, if you have one
3) feature Waterville pictures
4) use video casts, a blog, Twitter or other means to help people "get" various parts of Waterville rural culture.