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Kauffman Museum programs will focus on quilts for those in need

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The next Kauffman Kids & Friends program will take place Sunday afternoon, April 10, at the museum. From 2-3 p.m., Esther Eash, Newton, will present "Patchwork Road to Freedom" for children age 6-12.

Participants will learn about quilt designs and how they may have been used as signals along the Underground Railroad. The children will take a "journey on the Underground Railroad" by following the quilts throughout the museum, with stops at "safe stations" along the way.

Following the children’s program, at 3:30, Lois Flickinger, Lititz, Pa., will present "Passing on the Comfort: The War, the Quilts and the Women Who Made a Difference."

She will speak about a special traveling exhibit sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee that will be on display at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale in Hutchinson on April 8-9, and at the MCC Central States Material Resources Center, 121 E. 30th St. in North Newton, April 11-20.

"Passing on the Comfort" consists of 18 quilts given by North American Mennonites to Dutch Mennonites for the aid of refugees in World War II, starting in 1945 after Holland’s liberation from the Nazis. Flickinger will tell the story of the quilts and of the exhibit’s development.

Flickinger, a 1987 graduate of Bethel College, will be traveling with "Passing on the Comfort" throughout North America over the next three years.

This is the third Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program to be held this spring in conjunction with the special exhibition "The Art of Sharing, The Sharing of Art," a display of 22 pieces of artwork given to MCC by the German government after World War II in appreciation for MCC relief work. "The Art of Sharing, The Sharing of Art" runs through May 29.

Both "Patchwork Road to Freedom" and "Passing on the Comfort" are free and open to the public. Kauffman Museum is located at 27th and North Main in North Newton. Call (316) 283-1612 for more information.

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