About Us

Celebrating the Sunflower State’s people, places and wide-open spaces since 1945. 

As our name might suggest, we are the authority on all things Kansas.  Our readers come to us to learn about the best-of  Kansas’ cities, small towns, delicious cuisine, hidden gems, and natural wonders. Written by Kansans, our stories focus on the state’s up-and-coming, historical, cultural, and ethnic treasures. Native Kansas photographers capture striking photography showcasing the scenic wonder and natural beauty held within our borders. 

From the comfort of your living room or at the wheel of your car, KANSAS! is your trusted companion to discover down-home barbecue joints, Kansas-made gift ideas, and those off-the-beaten-path places to hike and explore. As generations of readers can attest, reading KANSAS! makes you better at loving and celebrating the Sunflower State. 

Our History 

Founded in 1945 by the Kansas Industrial Commission, KANSAS! was originally titled To the Stars. To the Stars was a tribute to our state motto “Ad Astra per Aspera,” meaning “to the stars through difficulties.”  

Our first issue ran in November of 1945, as an eight-page newsletter depicting the state’s positioning and advantages for business, tourism, and economic growth. What started as a modest business publication, over the decades flourished to become a high-gloss lifestyle magazine.  

Today, KANSAS! runs five issues a year and produces specialty products and supplemental publications. Our editors, writers, and photographers are all dedicated to bringing our readers the best of Kansas in every edition. 


Subscription Information 

One Year: $20, 5 issues + Wall Calendar & Kansas Official Travel Guide  

Two Year: $36, 10 issues + Wall Calendar & Kansas Official Travel Guide each year 

Contact Information

KANSAS! is published by the Kansas Tourism division of the State of Kansas. Our office is located at 1020 S. Kansas Ave, Ste Topeka, KS 66612. 

Editor & Publisher: Andrea Etzel, send letters to the editor to the address above or email andrea.etzel@ks.gov

Subscription Coordinator: Jaimee Salalac

Art Director: Shelly Bryant

 Managing Editors: Nathan Pettengill & Kalli Smith (Share Story Ideas)

Advertising Manager: Joanne Morgan, contact about advertising opportunities