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Kauffman Museum to celebrate Earth Day with family program

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Parents, grandparents and children are invited to participate in a program launching Kauffman Museum’s new collaborative project with Trees for Life/Books for Life International.

This will be the museum’s special Earth Day event for 2015, taking place April 26 at 2 p.m. at the museum.

The program is also part of a raft of special happenings in conjunction with the Newton Area Arts Council’s 2nd annual Spring into the Arts Festival.

April 26, representatives from Trees for Life, based in Wichita, will speak about how their history of planting fruit trees in India grew into a mission that fostered collaborative initiatives to break the cycle of poverty and hunger, and to care for the earth.

Children who attend the program will join a brainstorming workshop with creative writing facilitator and Newton teacher Gail Pryce to develop text for a book that will be produced during Kauffman Museum’s Uncle Carl’s Camp the week of June 15-19.

Those enrolled in that camp session will illustrate and design the book, which will be published and distributed worldwide via Trees for Life’s “Books for Life” initiative.

More information about summer 2015 Uncle Carl’s Camps is available at the museum or on its website,

The April 26 program is free and open to the public.

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the current temporary exhibition “Sorting Out Race: Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations” 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. For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit its website,, or Facebook page.

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