High Plains Museum to host book signing

cover of book signing

Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers will be available for purchase and book signing in Goodland July 27.

Book signing for Kansas Guidebook for Explorers 2 set for July 27 at High Plains Museum 

“If you think Kansas is boring, you’re doing it wrong.”
— Kansas Explorers Club member

Marci Penner

Marci Penner gives a presentation wearing the quote, “If you think Kansas is boring, you’re doing it wrong.”

Exploring Kansas is an adventure like no other. Find out where and how to explore the state in Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers. Enjoy meeting the authors, Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, at a program and book signing at Goodland’s High Plains Museum 7 p.m. MDT July 27. Join Penner and Rowe as they share pictures and tell stories about fascinating things to see and do around the state this summer — and all year long.

WenDee Rowe

WenDee Rowe tries out one of the chairs in front of a store on the authors’ Explorer Research Voyage.

About the book

The 480-page book costs $30 and will be available at the signings. Readers will be amazed at what Kansas has to offer. The book is full of Kansas adventures, including some a traveler would be hard pressed to find without guidance. Meticulously researched, the book offers low-water bridges, rocks and bowling balls on fence posts, touching memorials, beautiful ruins and fun food options everywhere in Kansas. Buy one for yourself and some for family and friends. They’ll make great gifts.

Explorer Research Voyage cartoon

WenDee Rowe (left) and Marci Penner traveled the state on their Explorer Research Voyage.

The authors have spent four years on their Explorer Research Voyage. They explored all 626 incorporated cities in Kansas, plus some unincorporated communities. Their goal is to encourage people to explore the state. And they deliver plenty of encouragement.

As an example, Penner said Land and Sky Scenic Byway “offers plenty to see and do on this route between the land and the sky.” The byway has “many unexpected gems.” She listed Ernie Poe’s barbed wire buffalo at Fort Wallace Museum, the organ museum in Sharon Springs, the house post office in Edson, America’s First Patented Helicopter and the Giant van Gogh Painting in Goodland, the giant green grasshopper north of Goodland, Big Ed’s Steakhouse in Bird City, the Jack Weinstein story told at the Cheyenne County Museum and the motorcycle museum, both in St. Francis.

About the Goodland book signing

They’ll be in Goodland July 27 for a 7 p.m. MDT signing at High Plains Museum, 1717 Cherry. Join Penner and Rowe for a preview of their Explorer Research Voyage. Buy a book – or two, three or four – and the authors will sign them for you.

“We’ve looked forward to this book for four years,” Sherman County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Donna Price said. “Now it’s here. It’s crammed with the joys of exploring Kansas. If you love this state, read and use this book. If you don’t know what Kansas has to offer, there’s no better place to start.”

If you need to buy more copies later, High Plains Museum will be selling the books in their gift shop.

“I’m looking forward to reading the book, learning more about Kansas and to hearing stories about the Explorer Research Voyage,” museum Director Sami Philbrick said. “We’re excited to have Marci and WenDee here and to sell their book.”

About the authors

Penner is the Executive Director of Kansas Sampler Foundation. Rowe is the foundation’s Assistant Director. The foundation’s mission is to help preserve and sustain rural culture. The foundation’s programs include Kansas Explorers Club, the WeKan! Network, the Big Kansas Road Trip, Get Rural Kansas, Voluncheering and many others.

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