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Kauffman Museum programs to tell about horses, family farm

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -Kauffman Museum programs on May 18 will feature horse and farm themes. Admission to the Sunday programs is free and open to the public. North Newton resident Harold D. Thieszen, with his Arabian mare named Glitter, will present "The Tale of the Horse is the Mane Thing" at the Kauffman Kids and Friends outdoor program at 2 p.m., May 18.

Thieszen will describe the history, gaits and uses of horses and explain how to use and put on horse tack. He has trained, bred and raised horses for 35 years. This program, designed for children ages six to 12, is free and open to the public.

Mil Penner, Inman, will present "A Century of Prairie Memories," a slide-illustrated Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum lecture, at 3:30 p.m., May 18. Penner has written or coauthored seven books about Kansas and the prairie states. His latest is "Section 27: A Century of Memories on a Family Farm" (University Press of Kansas, 2002). The book spans 100 years of the land and the peoples of one area of McPherson County in Kansas.

Except for two years he spent at Bethel College, Penner has been a lifelong resident of section 27 where he lives on the original Penner farmstead with his wife, Verna Lee. He and his daughter Marci Penner founded the Kansas Sampler Foundation and the Kansas Sampler Festival. Seating is limited at Penner’s presentation.

Thieszen and Penner are both members of the Bethel College class of 1951.

Kauffman Museum is located at 27th and North Main on the Bethel College campus in North Newton. Call (316) 283-1612 for more information.

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