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Kauffman Museum to join in second Smithsonian “Museum Day”

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – If you’ve never visited Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum, if you haven’t yet seen “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture,” the museum’s newest permanent exhibit that went up last year, or if you’re especially interested in birds, here’s a good deal.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, Kauffman Museum will participate for the second year in a row in the Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day. Kauffman Museum and more than 400 museums nationwide will offer free admission for two with presentation of a Museum Day Admission Card, available in the September 2007 issue of Smithsonian or by download from the Smithsonian website. Kauffman Museum is open Saturday from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

In addition to “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture,” Kauffman Museum’s permanent exhibits include the long-running, award-winning exhibit on pioneer life in and Mennonite migration to central Kansas, “Of Land and People”; the “Mirror of the Martyrs” exhibit on early Anabaptist and Mennonite history; a tallgrass prairie reconstruction site; and a historic farmstead with house, barn and windmill.

Also currently on display is the special exhibit “Meet the Beak,” focusing on the birds in Charles Kauffman’s collections and designed to be interactive for all ages.

“Participating in Museum Day is our way of networking with museums across Kansas and all across the country,” said Kauffman Museum director Rachel Pannabecker.

Other participating venues in central and south central Kansas include the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita and the Salina Art Center. A complete listing of, and links to, other participating museums and sponsors can be found at the Museum Day website.

Kauffman Museum is located on the Bethel College campus at Main and 27th Streets in North Newton. For directions or more information, call the museum at (316) 283-1612 or visit its Web site, kauffman.bethelks.edu.

The 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 major holidays. Admission is normally $3 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 6-16.

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