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Kauffman Museum spring trip to explore Mennonite communities

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Kauffman Museum’s first bus trip of the spring is the popular "Mennotour" on March 31, returning for the third time. Mennonite historian Robert Kreider of North Newton will host the trip through the south central Kansas Mennonite communities of Butler, Harvey, Marion, McPherson and Reno counties--including Newton, Moundridge, Buhler, Hutchinson, Halstead, Elbing, Peabody, Hillsboro and Goessel.

Among the stops will be Eden Mennonite Church in rural Moundridge, the Carriage Crossing Restaurant in Yoder (lunch stop), the Pioneer Mennonite Adobe House in Hillsboro and Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church near Goessel for faspa (light evening meal).

"We’ll learn fascinating details about the historical lore and unique characteristics of the region, with special emphasis on Mennonite ethnic groups," says Andi Schmidt Andres, Kauffman Museum curator of education. "This tour will cover many out-of-the way sites that will intrigue Mennonites and non-Mennonites alike."

The cost is $65 for Kauffman Museum members and $80 for non-members. The cost includes all meal and admission costs, travel on a modern motor coach and all gratuities.

Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment refundable until March 17 (14 days prior to departure).

Seats may be reserved by phone or e-mail using Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Call (316) 283-1612 or e-mail To make reservations via e-mail, you must include the type of credit card, card number and expiration date.

Reservation forms are also available at Kauffman Museum, located at 27th and Main in North Newton, which is open Tue.-Fri. 9:30-4:30, Sat. and Sun. 1:30-4:30.

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