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Ideas for Kansas Explorers:   Marci Penner, WenDee Rowe, Kansas Sampler Foundation. The Kansas Guidebook for Explorers 2 is for Kansas adventurers! Find out fascinating things to see and do around the state. You’ll be amazed at what Kansas has to offer.

Kansas Train Tales:   Robert Collins, author. All aboard! Collins shares his knowledge of area train lines. Driven by audience questions, topics range from robberies to Native Americans to the train in Oakdale Park.

The Last Wild Places of Kansas:   George Frazier, author. Explore the pages of The Last Wild Places of Kansas and learn about underappreciated, perhaps unknown and untamed areas in Kansas. This book won numerous awards including the Kansas Notable Book Award.

Lost Kansas Communities:   M.J. Morgan, research director, Chapman Center for Rural Studies. Kansas has nearly 9,000 disappeared towns and communities. Hear some of the stories of failure and persistence. Morgan also discusses the importance, methods and challenges of researching communities.

Make Art not War:   Erika Nelson, World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum. Protest art takes many forms. Explore the sometimes humorous, biting and often clever ways artists craft their message.

A Photographer’s Work … and the Work of Western Kansas:   Dr. Jim Hoy, director, Center for Great Plains Studies, Emporia State University. The photos of Francis Marion Steele captured life in the late 1800s, especially the way culture and work changed. Dr. Hoy discusses these powerful images.

The Tall-Tale Postcards of Dad Martin and Pop Conard:   Erika Nelson, World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum. Enjoy hard-to-believe images of exaggerated postcards. Learn how they were made, used, and about two men who made them.

Transforming the Commonplace: Seed Portraits, Hair Wreaths and Butter Sculptures:   Erika Nelson, World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum. Meet three amazing women and learn about their connection to seed portraits, hair wreaths and butter sculptures.

Where Travel & History Meet: The Making of Kansas: The Center of It All:   Audrey Kalivoda, studio owner of Mesquite 90 Productions. Explore the unique, beautiful and little-known Kansas travel destinations. Kalivoda shares the history behind featured places and the process of making Kansas: The Center of It All.