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Low German stories to be told at next Kauffman Museum program

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Do stories sound funnier in Low German? Are memories sharper when described in the language of one's childhood? Tales of growing up in Hillsboro, Kan., and Mountain Lake, Minn., will highlight the next Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., April 27 at Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. Admission to the Sunday program is free and open to the public. Low German speakers Bertha Harder of North Newton and Irvin D. Schroeder of Hillsboro grew up in Mennonite communities that spoke the dialect known as Low German or Low Dutch. Harder and Schroeder will share stories on a variety of themes, including threshing, hog butchering, sports and Christmastime.

Harder is a storyteller and volunteer at Kauffman Museum. She retired after 25 years of teaching Christian education at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.

Schroeder founded Irv Schroeder Motors in Hillsboro and is known by the nickname "the Hillsboro trader." He is the maternal uncle of Katharine Bartel, guest artist for the museum's special exhibition, "Landscape of Memories" in which art is used to reconnect to the past. The exhibition opened in February and runs through May 25.

Kauffman Museum is located at 27th and North Main in North Newton. For information, contact the museum's director, Rachel Pannabecker, at (316) 283-1612.

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