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Employee Directory: Rachel Pannabecker

Rachel Pannabecker

Rachel Pannabecker

Adjunct Instructor of Social Science
  • B.A. Bluffton College 1971
  • Ph.D. Ohio State University 1986
About Rachel:

Rachel continues teaching at Bethel College after retiring from Kauffman Museum, where for over thirty years she served as collections manager, then curator, then director of the museum. At Kauffman Museum she worked with an interdisciplinary exhibit team to develop special exhibitions ranging from K is for Kansas to In The Fields of Time: The Impact of Emil Haury and Waldo Wedel on American Archeology to Threshing Stone: Mennonite Artifact & Icon.

Rachel also worked with the Kauffman Museum Services Group on the development and installation of permanent exhibitions at the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma, Kansas, and the El Pomar Foundation Carriage Museum (now the Penrose Heritage Museum) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Rachel and Ethel Ewert Abrahams published their research on tobacco novelties in Better Choose Me: Addictions to Tobacco, Collecting, and Quilting, 1880–1920 in Uncoverings (2000) following a presentation to the American Quilt Study Group.

For spring semester 2015 Rachel is teaching Social and Physical Geography to history education majors who seek certification in geography, and students seeking to fulfill the Social Science distribution of their general education requirements.