ABILENE -- A project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook, will debut this Saturday, April 16th at the reception for the 8 Wonders of Kansas exhibit at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene. The public is welcome to attend the reception from 2:00 till 4:00pm.
The reception will be in the Courtyard of the Library building, and guests are encouraged to arrive early to view the exhibit. Guidebooks will be available for purchase from noon till 5:00, and the author will sign copies during the reception.
"The 8 Wonders of Kansas exhibit is designed to help celebrate Kansas' sesquicentennial. We are pleased to work with the Kansas Sampler Foundation in showcasing the 8 wonders and to be a part of the guidebook debut," says Karl Weissenbach, Director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.
The book contains 272 pages filled with over 500 beautiful photos of the 216 entries in the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests. It is certain to become a treasured Kansas classic whether it's used as a coffee table book or as a travel guide.
"The magnificent photos and copy in the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook will be a fitting tribute to Kansas in its sesquicentennial year," states Marci Penner, Director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. "The guidebook features 216 of Kansas's most fascinating places. You'll want to sit in an easy chair to absorb the beauty of Harland Schuster's photos, but the content will make you want to jump in the car and go see these places!"
Some artifacts in the exhibit include a spacesuit from the Kansas Cosmosphere, a full Buffalo Soldier uniform from Fort Leavenworth, John Steuart Curry's paint palette, rolling pins from MarCon Pies in Washington, a place setting from Brookville Hotel, tools to dress post rock from the Post Rock Museum in LaCrosse, shoes and a helmet worn by Amelia Earhart, and a dice game from the original Long Branch Saloon, Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City.
The themed reception will include an '8-shaped' birthday cake, Kansas-shaped cookies and other refreshments. RSVPs are requested and can be made on Facebook or by calling 785.263.6700. For additional information, you may also contact Marci Penner at 620.585.2374.
The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.