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Former governor to look at future of tallgrass prairie

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- An ardent conservationist and former governor of Kansas will help Kauffman Museum continue the 20th anniversary celebration of its tallgrass prairie reconstruction. Mike Hayden, Kansas governor from 1987-91 and current Secretary of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department, is the keynote speaker for the museum’s Living Endowment Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The event begins with a reception featuring live music with Bethel College student Josh Piper on keyboard.

Dinner among the museum exhibits, with oil-lamp lighting, will be followed by Hayden’s address, "What Future for the Tallgrass Prairie?"

Secretary Hayden brings an extensive background in conservation on the state and national levels. In addition to serving as governor, he has been Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks (appointed by the first President Bush), acting chairman of the Migratory Bird Commission and board member of the North American Wetlands Conservation Council. He is an enthusiastic outdoorsman with a lifelong interest in hunting, fishing and canoeing, who enjoys bird watching, fly tying and collecting antique fishing lures.

The Living Endowment activities are by reservation only, and reservations must be accompanied by payment at $100 a plate (with vegetarian main dish and diabetic dessert options available on request). Reservations must be made no later than Oct. 15. You may reserve by phone using a Visa or MasterCard; call Kauffman Museum at (316) 283-1612; by mail to Kauffman Museum, Bethel College, North Newton, KS 67117; or by stopping by the museum at 27th and North Main in North Newton.

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