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Kauffman Museum Association welcomes new board members

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Members of the Kauffman Museum Association will be able to greet returning and new members of the museum board of directors at the association’s annual meeting Sunday, Sept. 13, at 3:30 p.m. at the museum.

Association members elected three new members to the board this summer: Nathan Esau, Wichita, a design engineer at Cessna Aircraft Company; Mark Jantzen, Newton, associate professor of history at Bethel College; and Kathy Schroeder, Canton, an art teacher at Hesston High School.

Reelected to their second three-year terms were Lois Friesen, Towanda, a volunteer professional, and Jim Juhnke, Wichita, Bethel professor emeritus of history. Also continuing on the board are Shelley Black, Jason Miller and Ryan Simmonds, all of Newton; Marianne Eichelberger, Rosemary Hinz and Richard Siemens, all of North Newton; and Nada Voth, Walton.

At their Aug. 18 meeting, the Kauffman Museum board unanimously approved the slate of officers: board president, Glen Ediger, North Newton; vice president, Barb Goering, Goessel; and secretary, Joanna Friesen, Newton.

The Sept. 13 meeting will include recognition of outgoing board members Mel Epp, Whitewater, Merle Schlabaugh, Newton, and Alice Suderman, North Newton, all of whom served two three-year terms each. Both Epp and Schlabaugh served as board president, while Suderman actively supports education activities at the museum.

Also on the annual meeting agenda is a presentation by museum director Rachel Pannabecker on the 2008-09 fiscal year. Kauffman Museum finances show both faithful participation by association members and significant income from consulting work, she said.

“The financial health of Kauffman Museum is evidence of vigorous local support and the entrepreneurial spirit of museum staff,” Pannabecker said. The major consulting contract for the past fiscal year was to design and fabricate the traveling exhibit “Lee and Grant” for NEH on the Road, administered by ExhibitsUSA of Kansas City, Mo.

Pannabecker also noted that the highlight of the annual meeting will be a program by John Sharp, Hesston College historian, on the Mennonite “Great Trek” exhibition established at the Ichan Kala Museum in Khiva, Uzbekistan. A North American friends group organized by Kauffman Museum has been supporting the project. Sharp is planning to lead another group to Uzbekistan in 2010.

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 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” as well as the current special exhibit, “Mainstreets and backroads: celebrating the ordinary” (photography by Bob Regier), is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16, and free to Kauffman Museum members and children under 6. For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit its Web site, www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/.

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