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Kaufman House dedication planned for Bethel College Fall Festival

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Dedication of Kaufman House, the new location of Bethel College's Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), is set for 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 at 2515 College Ave., on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. The house will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until noon, Oct. 4 during Bethel College Fall Festival. KIPCOR, which includes the Community Mediation Center, offers a variety of programming to prepare college students and others to be peacebuilders on the local, state, national and global levels.

Completed in 1934, the house was the home of Bethel College President Ed. G. Kaufman, his wife Hazel and their children. After Hazel's death in 1948, President Kaufman turned the house into apartments. In August 2002, renovation began, thanks to an estate gift from Edna Ramseyer Kaufman, who was married to President Kaufman from 1965 until his death in 1980.

Bethel College will host its 33rd annual Fall Festival Oct. 2-5. Food, entertainment, children's activities, arts and crafts, alumni gatherings, lectures and athletic events fill the schedule, with most events taking place on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on campus.

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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.