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Kauffman Museum welcomes visitors to a world of blue

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum explores the history of the color blue in “From Cobalt to Indigo: Blue Artifacts from the Kauffman Museum Collections,” the museum’s new special exhibit.

“According to a recent international study, blue is the world’s favorite color,” says museum director Rachel Pannabecker. “Likewise, we found that blue is the most popular color for artifacts in our study collections. We selected 162 blue artifacts for this spring exhibition.”

Items on display include Chinese porcelain that was hand-painted in cobalt blue as well as a Double Irish Chain quilt made with indigo print cloth. Wedgwood blue appears in two antique pitchers made in England while chambray blue is the fabric of the work uniform worn by Bethel Deaconess nursing sisters in the early 20th century.

Tones of blue in the exhibit include flow blue, depression glass blue, denim blue, turquoise blue and an “All-American male” blue in a 1912 Wagner motorcycle.

“From Cobalt to Indigo” will be on display from now through Bethel College’s Alumni and Commencement Weekend, closing May 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Kauffman Museum is located at 27th and Main in North Newton. Regular museum hours are 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 – please note that the museum is open Good Friday, March 21, and closed Easter Sunday, March 23.

Admission to the museum, which also includes admission to the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture,” is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 6-16. More information is available by calling the museum at 316-283-1612 or visiting its Web site, kauffman.bethelks.edu/.

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