Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe of the Kansas Sampler Foundation spent four years traveling to all 626 incorporated cities in Kansas. The result of their research journey is The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers. On Thursday, June 7, Penner and Rowe will present “Exploring the Nooks and Crannies of Kansas” at the McPherson Museum from 5 to 7 p.m.
Penner said, “We will take the audience on a picture journey throughout the state sharing road trip ideas and telling stories about our adventures. From restaurant suggestions to art, architecture, history, geography and more, we’ll give you a sampling of what to see in Kansas and share tips on how to explore.” After the program the co-authors will sign and sell the Kansas Guidebook 2. The 480-page, coil-bond book is full of information that can be used to plan Kansas road trips. There are more than 1,600 color pictures along with 4,500 entries that provide descriptions, directions, hours and contact information.
The book is designed to achieve the Foundation’s mission to preserve and sustain rural culture. “Though the book reads like a travel guide, it’s intended to help people get to know the state and learn about the towns of every size,” said Penner. Among the diverse entries, guidebook users will find historic bridges, beautiful statues, specialty shops, quirky sites, little known points-of-interest, cemetery finds, bike trails and statewide back road scenic drives.