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Many rural communities squirm when asked, "What does your community have that a visitor would want to see?" The answer (given too often) is, "We don't have anything in this town." The truth is every town has a story to tell and offer visitors but it is sometimes hard to see what is right under your nose.
To help a community see their story, the Kansas Sampler Foundation recommends that they use the eight rural culture elements as a guide. Seeing your community with new eyes can spur a new interest and energy within the town and lead to new ideas and efforts in a manner that will help sustain a town.
The eight elements are:
Assess your town using the eight Rural Culture ElementsEverything in a town fits into one of these elements and every town, even a ghost town, has a story to tell about each element.
The eight elements pages listed at the right provide suggestions on how to use the elements to assess your town.
If the assessment is done right, you will turn up all sorts of fascinating facts and unique places. You might find places, stores, or statues that people either couldn't see because they were right under their nose or were too far off-the-beaten track to remember.
After The Assessment
The information you gather will be useful in many ways. It will help you see how you are different or similar to neighboring towns and places around the state. For instance, the assessment may help you realize that you have a great number of historic churches in your town and that you could develop a brochure with the other towns in your county.
Kansas Sampler Foundation - Phone: 620-585-2374