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Free admission to traveling exhibits part of annual Museum Day

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Newton community is hosting two traveling exhibits that can’t be seen anywhere else close by and now you have a chance to view them free of charge.

The only Kansas venue for the national traveling exhibit “The Bison: American Icon” is the Bethel College campus in North Newton, while the only Midwest site for the traveling exhibit “Pro Football and the American Spirit” is the Kansas Sports Museum in the Chisholm Trail Center in Newton.

For the fifth year in a row, Bethel’s Kauffman Museum, along with the Kansas Sports Museum and Harvey County Historical Museum, is joining Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day, Saturday, Sept. 25. Admission to these museums is free that day with a downloadable ticket (good for two people) at Smithsonian.com/museumday.

Not only is Sept. 25 Smithsonian Museum Day, it’s also the Bison Bash at Kauffman Museum, the second special event at the museum in connection with the Bison exhibit, which will be at Kauffman Museum through Oct. 20.

Kauffman Museum is open Saturdays from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and the Bison Bash will take place from 2-4 p.m., with activities for all ages including a guided exhibit tour at 3 p.m., “bison chip” chucking, Bison Beango (a bingo game using bison facts) and a craft activity.

The Bison Bash is free, with no limit on number of people, with or without the Museum Day ticket.

At the Harvey County Historical Museum, you can still see “An Accomplished Young Lady,” highlighting skills that young women learned over the last 125 years and how gender role expectations have changed, along with several permanent exhibits. “An Accomplished Young Lady” remains through Dec. 4.

Smithsonian Museum Day will be the next-to-last day for “Pro Football and the American Spirit,” a traveling exhibit from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at the Kansas Sports Museum through Sept. 26. The exhibit tells the story of professional football players and personnel who served in the U.S. armed forces from World War II through the conflict in Afghanistan.

For more information on Museum Day, contact: Kauffman Museum (2801 North Main Street, North Newton), 316-283-1612 or see the website at www.bethelks.edu/kauffman ; Harvey County Historical Museum (203 N. Main Street, Newton), 316-283-2221 or see the website at www.hchm.org ; or Kansas Sports Museum (Newton Chisholm Trail Center, 601 SE 36th, Suite 123, Newton), 316-804-4686 or see the website at www.kshof.org.

The Harvey County Historical Museum is open Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. The Kansas Sports Museum is open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

In addition to the Harvey County museums, other area museums observing Museum Day include the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene; Lake Afton Public Observatory, Goddard; Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson; Birger Sandzén Gallery, Lindsborg; and numerous Wichita-area venues, among them Botanica, Exploration Place, Kansas African American Museum, Mid-America All-Indian Center, Museum of World Treasures, Old Cowtown Museum, Ulrich Museum of Art on the Wichita State University campus, Wichita Center for the Arts and Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Society Museum.

See http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venue.html for a complete list of participating Kansas museums (scroll down for “Search by state”).

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