Thursday, June 1, 2017

"Kansas Guidebook 2"

The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail

Is Featured In The New"Kansas Guidebook 2"

by Marci Penner & WenDee Rowe
"Thank you Marci & WenDee!"
Book Info Follows

 Kansas Guidebook 2 shares 4,500 places to visit

Co-authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe spent four years traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas in addition to visiting several hundred spots in the country.  The result is The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers, a project of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation.

The 480-page, coil-bound book weighs over two pounds and is chock full of information that will keep Kansas road trip enthusiasts busy for quite a long time.  Along with 4,500 entries that provide descriptions, directions, hours, and contact information, there are also more than 1,600 color pictures.  Rowe says, "Many people will be interested in the 843 restaurants, cafes, drive-ins, and soda fountains."

The book is designed to help achieve the mission of the Kansas Sampler Foundation which is to preserve and sustain rural culture. Penner says, "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." Among the diverse entries, guidebook users will find historic bridges, beautiful statues, specialty shops, quirky sites, little known points-of-interest, cemetery finds, and back road scenic drives statewide. Rowe said, "There really is something for everyone whether you are looking for outdoor sites or ways to get to know a town.  The more a person interacts with the locals the more special a road trip can become."

To find retail stores that carry the book or to order online, go to 

Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers Co-authors – Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe
Number of entries – 4,500 Number of restaurants in those 4,500 entries – 843
Number of pictures – 1,700+
Number of incorporated Kansas cities – 515 of the 626
Number of unincorporated towns/ghost towns - 97
Published by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, Inman, Kansas, 2017.
Contact –, 620.585.2374 
The book is a project of the Inman-based public non-profit Kansas Sampler Foundation, a 501c3. 
Research – Marci and WenDee traveled to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas from 2012- 2015. 
Previous guidebooks by Kansas Sampler Foundation: 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook (2011); Kansas Guidebook for Explorers (2005). Retail price - $29.95 
Summary – The mission of the Kansas Sampler Foundation is to preserve and sustain rural culture and though this book reads like a travel book it’s really a guide to knowing Kansas. Directions, hours, phone numbers and web sites are included. Our goal is to make it easy to know what there is to see and do around the state and easy to get there. All entries fit in our eight rural culture element categories of architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Thank You
To the Plumlee's for displaying
Our first KSFHQT "road sign!"
Watch from Interstate on the south side
just west of the 99/Wamego & Alma exit.
visit them at

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas!


KSFHQT 2017 Calendars

The Kansas Flinthills Quilt Trail
2017 Calendars
are now available!
$20, including shipping
Mail a check payable to KS Flint Hills Quilt Trail to:
Sue Hageman, 8440 Alembic Rd, Riley KS 66531
Be sure to include your mailing address!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Memorable morning with Suzi as she visited with barn quilt enthusiasts and personalized
their copy of her new book, "Following The Barn Quilt Trail."
The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail hosted the event
Saturday, September 10th at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Ron Wilson, Poet Lariat, opened the program
telling the story behind their barn quilt
and family heirloom quilt
at the Lazy T Ranch. He then recited
his poem, "Stalking the Elusive Barn Quilt"
Suzi has a special talent of finding the stories
behind the barn quilts, and putting those stories
in to words. Her program highlights her travels
across the country in search of those stories.

Stalking the Elusive Barn Quilt

In Honor of Suzi Parron
And the Flint Hills Barn Quilt Trail

By Ron Wilson, Poet Lariat

It’s not exactly hunting, in the sense of bow or gun,
But it does involve a search, and it is a lot of fun.
It’s a quest to find Barn Quilts at which you definitely want to look,
As told by Suzi Parron in her wonderful new book.
They're found on Barn Quilt Trails, now located across the nation,
As people seek them out as a tourist destination.
It starts with people choosing a nice quilt square design,
And painting them on panels in colors nice and fine.
Then those panels are hung on the side of barn or shed,
Where they’re available for viewing by the public, as I said.
And when there’s several in a region on a route that might entail,
It becomes what people now refer to as a Barn Quilt Trail.
It started in Ohio and the concept traveled west,
Where many quilts now stand as they await the traveler’s quest.
And it's not just the beauty of these eye-catching designs,
It's the back story of these families and the legacy they find.
So it's a wonderful experience in this quest to prevail,
As we learn heart-warming stories along the Flint Hills Barn Quilt Trail.
© Copyright 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

Don't Miss

Suzi Parron's Presentation & Book Signing!

Saturday, September 10th & Sunday, September 11th