Kansas! Where the deer and the antelope play!


Learn: Kansas Historical Society

The Kansas State Historical Society was established in 1875. Today the agency programs and services draw more than 15.5 million people. Our collections and services are accessed in person and virtually through a variety of web-based resources. Historical Society programs are diverse and serve a large number of the state’s population as well as out-of-state patrons.

Our Mission – The Kansas Historical Society is the state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state’s history to facilitate government accountability, economic development, and the education of Kansans. This is accomplished by collecting, preserving, and interpreting materials and information pertaining to state government and Kansas history.

Our Vision – To enrich people's lives by connecting them to the past.


Explore: Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers

With over 4,500 things to see and do in Kansas we recommend grabbing the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers. This publication is hands-down the most comprehensive guidebook ever written about the Sunflower State. Using the Kansas Explorers Club concepts, little known places and nuances are written up as entries leading people from one small thing to another in a manner that allows the reader to create their own adventure.

Co-authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe of the Kansas Sampler Foundation traveled to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas. The book provides a look into the overall culture of a community with entries featuring architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people—the 8 rural culture elements.  The authors included 800 locally-owned restaurants that either had tasty, specialty or ethnic food and/or a charismatic story about the buildings, décor, ownership, waitress, cook, or community value. 


Discover: Big Kansas Road Trip

Anyone and everyone is invited to descend on the same three Kansas counties on the first full week-end in May. You'll have the opportunity to eat in the cafes, shop in the stores, tour the attractions, and drive the scenic roads. You'll get to see these communities as they are–with the red carpet rolled out! It'll be a great time to explore with hundreds of other people who want to get to know Kansas.

Mark your calendars for the Big Kansas Road Trip 2020 in beautiful northeast Kansas! The event will take place May 7–10 in Brown, Doniphan, and Nemaha counties. Follow our Facebook page for more information!


Support: Project WeKan (WE KAN DO IT!)

Project WeKan! is a crowdfunding and volunteer-recruitment site helping to raise money for Kansas community projects. Our belief is that together WE KAN DO IT! Project WeKan! is a sister organization to the Kansas Sampler Foundation based out of Inman, Kansas.

Come help strengthen a Kansas community! Successes from Project WeKan! will help illustrate the Kansas story and will be a beautiful testimony for Kansas and its people. These projects and their supporters show heart, spirit, and willingness to think outside the box, not to mention the hard work to make good things happen. It will portray what awesome things can happen when all ages are involved in planning a project and bringing it to fruition.