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Museum racing forward with special exhibit

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – If you haven’t already, plan to come see Kauffman Museum’s current special exhibit before it begins traveling around the state and across the country.

The museum, located at Bethel College offers its final Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program of the academic year May 24, which is also the exhibit’s closing day.

The presentation, titled “Racing Forward,” is at 3 p.m. at the museum. It is also the final program to be held in conjunction with the current special exhibition “Sorting Out Race: Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations.”

Kauffman Museum Director Annette LeZotte and retired director Rachel Pannabecker, who were integral in the development of the exhibit, will share community reactions and interactions with the exhibit.

“Racing Forward” is free and open to the public.

May 24 is the final day to view the exhibit before it is prepared for travel to other museums in Kansas and across the nation.

Support for “Sorting Out Race” comes from the Kauffman Museum Association, the Fransen Family Foundation, the Schowalter Foundation, a Newton Et Cetera Shop Local Giving Grant and the Kansas Humanities Council (a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities programs across Kansas).

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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