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Kauffman Museum to honor former director Pannabecker Jan. 11

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After 30 years of service to Bethel College through Kauffman Museum, Rachel Pannabecker has retired as museum director.

Community members are invited to celebrate her contributions at a party, Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the museum (Main and 27th Streets in North Newton).

Kauffman Museum staff and former colleagues will offer tributes to Pannabecker. There will be live music and refreshments.

In lieu of a retirement gift, Pannabecker asked that the museum’s board of directors honor her service by initiating a fundraising campaign to increase the Kauffman Museum Endowment Fund.

The campaign began last November and continues through the Jan. 11 celebration.

Pannabecker began her career at Kauffman Museum in 1984 as collections manager and curator of cultural history. She was instrumental in developing the permanent exhibit “Of Land and People.”

She became museum director in 1996, and plans to continue volunteering there during retirement.

The public is invited to the Jan. 11 event. For more information, contact museum director Annette LeZotte at 316-283-1612.

To learn more about Kauffman Museum, call 316-283-1612 or visit its website,, or Facebook page.

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