Recently released book spotlights the 8 wonders of Kansas

Just released on April 16, sales are already brisk for the “8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook,” the latest book published by the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation. 

“8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook”

“8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook”

The guidebook is a 272-page book showcasing over 800 photos featuring the entries in the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests.

Between May and November of 2010, farmer-stockman Harland Schuster, Morrill, went to each of the 216 entries to take photographs. Liz King, Penner’s sister, designed the book to be both coffee table book and guidebook.

Author Marci Penner compiled background information, location, contacts, Web sites and hours to make this spiral-bound book a useful tool when exploring Kansas. Bobbie Pray edited the book.

Penner, the Kansas Sampler Foundation director, said, “Harland’s photos make it a beautiful book for armchair travel but my greatest hope is that the book will inspire people to head out on the Kansas roads to see the 216 Wonders — and all sorts of terrific places along the way.”

From 2007-2010, more than 100,000 people voted to determine the top 8 Wonders in the contest categories of Architecture, Art, Commerce, Cuisine, Customs, Geography, History, People, and an overall category. The top 8 Wonders in each are featured in a two-page spread in the book. The remaining 16 finalists in each category are recognized on a half page.

Mennonite Press, Newton, printed the book. Koerperich Bookbinders of Selden, a finalist in the 8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce, bound the limited hard-back version.

The book made its debut at a reception for the 8 Wonders of Kansas exhibit at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. More than 350 attended. The exhibit, designed by the Eisenhower staff, shows artifacts from the top 8 Wonders in each category and will be on display through Sept. 5.

The 8 Wonders of Kansas contest and book

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