Find 4500 Kansas places at book signing

Explorer Research Voyage visited numerous Kansas places.

The Explorer Research Voyage logo shows WenDee Rowe (left) and Marci Penner traveling the state, visiting numerous Kansas places.

Kansas Guidebook 2 shares 4,500 Kansas places to visit

Co-authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe spent four years on their Explorer Research Voyage. On that voyage, they explored every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas in addition to visiting several hundred rural Kansas places.  The result of their labors isThe Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers, a project of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation. You can see some of what they found at the High Plains Museum July 27, 7 p.m. MDT when Penner and Rowe will lead us on a tour of Kansas with their new book!

Get ready to explore Kansas

Readers interested in Kansas road trips will be busy for quite a long time. The book has weight. Literally. The 480-page, coil-bound book weighs over two pounds. And also metaphorically. The book is crammed with information about Kansas. The 4,500 entries are thorough. They provide descriptions, directions, hours and contact information. The book also contains more than 1,600 color pictures.  Rowe said, “Many people will be interested in the 843 restaurants, cafes, drive-ins, and soda fountains.”

Among the diverse entries, guidebook users will find historic bridges, beautiful statues, specialty shops, quirky sites, little known points-of-interest, cemetery finds and backroad scenic drives statewide. “There really is something for everyone, whether you are looking for outdoor sites or ways to get to know a town,” Rowe said. “The more a person interacts with the locals, the more special a road trip can become.”

The book is designed to help achieve the mission of the Kansas Sampler Foundation: to preserve and sustain rural culture.  Penner said, “Though the book reads like a travel guide, it’s intended to help people get to know the state and learn about towns of every size.”

Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers

Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers will be available for purchase and signing in Goodland July 27 and thereafter at High Plains Museum’s gift shop

Buy the guidebooks at the museum

At the end of the night, guests can purchase a copy of The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers and have the authors autograph a copy! Hope to see you all at the High Plains Museum, 1717 Cherry, Goodland, at 7 p.m. July 27!

If you miss the book signing, you can still buy the book in Goodland. The museum will sell the books in its gift shop.

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