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Two Harvey County museums gain access to coveted collections resource

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum at Bethel College and the Harvey County Historical Society are recipients of an important resource dealing with care of museum collections.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency, has selected the two museums to receive the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. The 20-item “bookshelf” contains essential texts, DVDs, charts and materials about online resources, all of which support collections care. Museum experts have called the resources in the bookshelf “must-have publications.”

There were 900 applicants from across the nation to receive the bookshelf. Kauffman Museum’s and Harvey County’s were two of the 200 successful ones.

Rachel Pannabecker, Kauffman Museum director, said, “Given the lack of professional conservators in the state of Kansas, access to high-quality, informative resources is essential. We will use information in these resources to support conservation actions for two special collections in our care: Native American artifacts and Mennonite immigrant furniture.”

Public access to the bookshelf will be at the Harvey County Historical Society. Director Debra Hiebert said, “The collections bookshelf will be available for public use in the archives at the Harvey County Historical Museum beginning in April.”

The Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is organized by IMLS and the American Association for State and Local History with generous support from the Getty Foundation, the Luce Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The Harvey County Historical Society, with the museum and archives, is located in the old Carnegie Library at 203 North Main Street in Newton. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children ages 5-17, and children under 5 free. For more information, call 316-283-2221 or see the Web site at

Kauffman Museum is located on the Bethel College campus in North Newton at the corner of Main and 27th Streets. Regular 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 on Mondays and major holidays. Admission, which includes 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 by visiting its Web site,

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