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Memoirist to reflect on writing during Kansas book tour

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Author Shirley Hershey Showalter will make several appearances in south-central Kansas, including at Kauffman Museum on the Bethel College campus and in a Bethel convocation.

Showalter will present “Finding Gold in Our Attics and Basements: How to Find, Use and Share the Artifacts that Prompt Our Stories,” March 9.

Her lecture, at 3:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium, is part of the Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum series and is free and open to the public.

Showalter’s recently published memoir, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, incorporates family photographs and stories, in which artifacts such as her grandmother’s recipe book supply a rich environment for exploring memories of childhood and young adult years.

Following the Kauffman Museum program, Showalter will sign copies of Blush, which will be available for sale in the museum store.

Showalter’s visit to Kansas will also include three appearances on March 10.

The former president of Goshen (Ind.) College will speak in convocation at 11a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center. Her topic is “Five Tips for Making the Most of Your College Investment from the Standpoint of the People Who Will Hire You, Including Yourself.”

From 3-5 p.m., Showalter will take part in a Mennonite author event at Faith & Life Bookstore, 606 North Main Street, Newton, where she will sign copies of Blush.

Finally, she will give a presentation at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Schowalter Villa, Hesston. There, she will speak on “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Memoir,” using humor to reflect on the process and unexpected gifts of writing.

The public is invited to any and all events, which are free.

For more information, contact Rachel Pannabecker at Kauffman Museum, 316-283-1612, or Wendy Miller at Schowalter Villa, 620-327-3415.

Regular Kauffman 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 as well as Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission to the special exhibit, along with the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture,” 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 website, www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/, or Facebook page.

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