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Eight Wonders of Kansas to have exhibit at Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene

The Kansas Sampler Foundation has announced its 8 Wonders of Kansas People.

The Kansas Sampler Foundation has announced its 8 Wonders of Kansas People.

January 17, 2011

The Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene and the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation are partnering to display the 8 Wonders of Kansas in an exhibit designed to help celebrate Kansas’ sesquicentennial in 2011.

The exhibit will open to the public on Kansas Day, which is Saturday, Jan. 29, and close Sept. 5. There is no admission charge. The library, 200 SE Fourth St. in Abilene, will be open 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. each day.

Displays will feature the top 8 Wonders in the contested rural culture element categories of architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people, plus the overall 8 Wonders of Kansas. The additional 16 finalists in each contest will be recognized.

Some of the artifacts that will be shown 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.

“Because of the vision of Director Karl Weissenbach, tens of thousands of people will get to see exhibits that feature some of Kansas’ best found in unincorporated towns and our largest cities,” foundation director Marci Penner said. “In one fantastic venue, the focus will be on the diversity and highlights of Kansas. This exhibit will no doubt inspire an increased enthusiasm to explore Kansas.”

A reception for the exhibit and the premier of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook will be from 2-4 p.m. April 16 at the Eisenhower Library. The public is welcome.

The following is a list of the top 8 Wonders from each category. Each will be represented with an artifact, photography, and information.


Big Well, Greensburg

Castle Rock/Monument Rocks, Gove County

Cheyenne Bottoms/Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Barton and Stafford counties

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson

Kansas Underground Salt Museum, Hutchinson

St. Fidelis Church (Cathedral of the Plains), Victoria

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (Flint Hills), Chase County


Chase County Courthouse, Cottonwood Falls

Cooper Barn, Colby

Fromme-Birney Round Barn, Mullinville

Holy Cross Church, Pfeifer

Kansas State Capitol, Topeka

Lebold Mansion, Abilene

Ness County Bank, Ness City

Seelye Mansion, Abilene


Birger Sandzen, Lindsborg

Blackbear Bosin's Keeper of the Plains, Wichita

Blue Sky Sculpture, Newton

Charlie Norton's Buffalo Bill Bronze Sculpture, Oakley

Garden of Eden and Grassroots Art Mecca, Lucas

Gordon Parks, Fort Scott

John Steuart Curry Murals, Topeka

St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Benedict


Big Brutus, West Mineral

Brant's Meat Market, Lucas

Frontenac Bakery, Frontenac

Hemslojd, Lindsborg

MarCon Pies, Washington

Moon Marble Company, Bonner Springs

Stafford County Flour Mills, Hudson

Vonada Stone Company, Sylvan Grove


Bobo's Drive In, Topeka

Brookville Hotel, Abilene

Cozy Inn, Salina

Crawford County Fried Chicken, Crawford County

Free State Brewing Company, Lawrence

Guy and Mae’s Tavern, Williamsburg

Hays House Historic Restaurant and Tavern, Council Grove

WheatFields Bakery Cafe, Lawrence


Bringing musicians together, Cottonwood Falls

Chanting a school fight song, Lawrence

Clicking your heels three times... Liberal and Wamego

Commemorating Veterans Day, Emporia

Displaying an ethnic handicraft, Lindsborg

Ordering a soda fountain treat, statewide

Riding a carousel, Abilene and Leavenworth

Using post rock for fencing, Smoky Hills region and LaCrosse


Alcove Spring, near Blue Rapids

Coronado Heights, near Lindsborg

Four-state Lookout, White Cloud

Gyp Hills Scenic Drive and Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway, Barber and Comanche counties

Konza Prairie, Manhattan

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, near Canton

Mushroom Rock State Park, Ellsworth County and Rock City, near Minneapolis

Pillsbury Crossing, near Manhattan


1930s Dust Bowl Days to Gas Exploration, Historic Adobe Museum, Ulysses

Boot Hill Museum and Historic Dodge City, Dodge City

Council Grove, a Santa Fe Trail National Landmark town

Fort Scott National Historic Site, Fort Scott

Historic Fort Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth

Historic Fort Riley, Fort Riley

Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Kanza Tribe and Lewis & Clark's Independence Creek, Atchison


Amelia Earhart, Atchison

Buffalo Soldiers, Fort Leavenworth

Carry A. Nation, Medicine Lodge

Emil Kapaun, Pilsen

George Washington Carver, Minneapolis and Beeler

James Naismith, Lawrence

Martin and Osa Johnson, Chanute

William Allen White, Emporia


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