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Award-winning book to be subject of next museum discussion time

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Kauffman Museum invite the public to an evening featuring Isabel Wilkerson’s highly regarded book The Warmth of Other Suns.

The discussion takes place Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Kauffman Museum on the Bethel campus.

Wilkerson’s 2010 book, subtitled The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, is the result of 15 years of research and more than 1,200 interviews. The “Great Migration” of African Americans from the South to the cities of the North, beginning in the first decades of the 20th century, was one of the largest such migrations in American history but largely underreported at the time.

The Warmth of Other Suns was named to more than 30 “Best of the Year” lists, won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and made national news when President Obama chose it for summer reading in 2011. In 2012, the New York Times named The Warmth of Other Suns to its list of the best nonfiction books of all time.

This is the third in a series of events that Bethel SGA is co-sponsoring as part of its #PieceUnited movement. The final one is a screening and discussion of Darryl F. Zanuck’s 1949 film Pinky, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday (extended hours to 8 p.m. on third Thursdays), and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Holiday 2016 hours are: closed Sat.-Sun., Dec. 24-25, special Monday hours Dec. 26, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and closed Sat.-Sun., Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Admission to the current special exhibition “Memory Matters: Works by Gesine Janzen” as well as the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16, and free to Kauffman Museum members and children under 6. Admission is free on third Thursdays. For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit its website,, or Facebook page.

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