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Program details hidden attractions in Kansas counties

On the heels of Kansas Day, celebrating the state’s 158th birthday, Johnson County Library has scheduled a program to showcase some hidden attractions in Kansas.

The program on Wednesday, Jan. 30, features Marci Penner, who co-wrote the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers, with WenDee Rowe. The presentation will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee.

The guidebook, with 4,500 entries and more than 1,600 pictures, details communities, sights to see and great places to eat in 515 incorporated cities, 97 unincorporated areas and all 105 Kansas counties.

Kansas Day is observed annually on Jan. 29 to commemorate the anniversary of the state’s 1861 admission as the 34th state to the Union. The state holiday was first celebrated in 1877 by schoolchildren in Paola.

Johnson County is older than the state and turns 164 years old in 2019 as one of the original 33 counties founded on Aug. 25 by the Legislative Act of 1855 in the Territory of Kansas.



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