NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Kauffman Museum at Bethel College in North Newton will offer "A Very Merry Victorian Christmas" with intergenerational holiday activities at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15 at the museum. Admission is free and open to the public. Participants will rotate through three activity stations and end the hour-long program by singing Christmas carols, accompanied by the Teschemacher organ. Activities will include Christmas storytelling by museum board member and retired North Newton teacher Liz Friesen, a hands-on activity making Victorian paper boxes and a tour through the special exhibition with collectors Dale and Rosie Horst of rural Goessel.
The special exhibition is "Scenes of Christmas: Victorian Newspaper Illustrations, 1857-1902," which runs through Jan. 19. It features American newspaper illustrations from the Horsts' collection.
The Christmas scenes were printed in American periodicals such as "Leslie's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper" and "Harper's Weekly." These papers featured the work of political cartoonist Thomas Nast, who is credited with introducing the image of a jolly Santa Claus, and American painter Winslow Homer, as well as less known illustrators such as Frederick Stuart Church.
The museum is located at 27th and Main in North Newton. To schedule a tour or receive more information, contact Kauffman Museum at (316) 283-1612.