Kansas Bankers Association

History of The Kansas Banker magazine

“W. W. Bowman, Secretary of the Kansas Bankers Association, had a problem. In the first decade of the 20th century, the number of banks in Kansas had grown rapidly, and getting pertinent banking information to the nearly 1,000 institutions was a major challenge. In the fall of 1910, Bowman and the Executive Council of the KBA made a historic decision: They approved the publication of a monthly magazine to be known as The Kansas Banker. In February 1911, the first edition of the magazine was published, and 100 years, nearly 1,200 issues and a dozen editors later, it stands as the granddaddy of state banker association magazines.”

The excerpt above is from former KBA President Jim Maag’s story in the January 2011 issue of The Kansas Banker, commemorating 100 years of its publication, and is a perfect summation of what this magazine is all about. Read the full story