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Kauffman Museum to join in national Museum Day

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – If you’ve never visited Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum, or if you’re waiting for your chance to see the new permanent exhibit on Mennonite furniture or the widely acclaimed traveling exhibit, “K is for Kansas,” which is home for this school year, here’s a deal.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, Kauffman Museum will be one of nearly 500 museums nationwide offering free admission for two, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day. All you have to do is present a Museum Day Admission Card, available in the September 2006 issue of Smithsonian or by download from

In addition to “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” and “K is for Kansas,” Kauffman Museum exhibits include the long-running, award-winning permanent exhibit on pioneer life in and Mennonite migration to central Kansas, “Of Land and People,” a tallgrass prairie reconstruction site and a historic farmstead with house, barn and windmill.

“By participating in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day, Kauffman Museum is showing our commitment to preserving our nation’s history,” said director Rachel Pannabecker.

Kauffman Museum is located on the Bethel College campus at Main and 27th Streets in North Newton. The museum’s Saturday hours are 1:30-4:30 p.m. For directions or more information, call the museum at (316) 283-1612 or visit its website.

Kauffman Museum’s regular schedule is 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is normally $3 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 6-16.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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