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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – If you’ve always been curious about the contents of Kauffman Museum’s storage sheds or, especially, wanted to take something from one of them home, now is your chance.

The museum, on the Bethel College campus in North Newton, will hold a shed sale Saturday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 4.p.m. on the west side of the interpretation building (delivery entrance on 27th Street).

The sale will feature antiques that have been in storage for more than 30 years. Museum director Rachel Pannabecker said, “Museums across the United States are facing the fact that our energies need to focus on artifacts that tell our stories. We can’t save every neat antique just because it’s old. We are looking to find good homes for items that do not fit our exhibit needs and that lack family links.”

The one-day sale at Kauffman Museum will feature farm antiques, including a horse-drawn John Deere planter, P&O one-bottom plow, stalk cutter with Ohio foot plates and a corn sled, as well as a Mann’s Green Bone Cutter, Gaston platform scale and hand scythe.

Miscellaneous antique and vintage items for sale include an old carpet loom, Tatro radio, wood ironing board, restored Seth Thomas mantel clock, glassware, a stoneware regimental beer stein from Germany and few rare books. Kauffman Museum received most of the items in this group specifically for sale to support museum development, along with a collection of 101 tagged Beanie Babies, which will also be on sale June 21.

The Friends of the Museum will sell homemade baked goods and fresh coffee as a fund-raiser during the sale.

In addition to priced items, Kauffman Museum will auction off two special antiques at 11 a.m. (with reserves). An antique farm wagon (no name brand) is one of the items that has been in storage away from the museum for more than 30 years. Also on the auction block will be an 1890s brougham carriage made by E.M. Miller & Co., Quincy, Ill. This brougham – a coachman-driven carriage – features a beveled glass windshield, copper side lanterns and landaulet-style roof. A fifth wheel and cut-under arch allowed the carriage to make sharp turns in traffic or into a carriage house. The carriage needs extensive restoration.

The farm implements, wagon and carriage are currently on view on the west side of museum. For more information, call Pannabecker at Kauffman Museum, 316-283-1612. All proceeds support Kauffman Museum.

For driving directions to Bethel College and a campus map showing the museum’s location, see www.bethelks.edu/map/.

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. 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 or visiting its Web site, www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/.

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