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Author of new book to speak at Kauffman Museum

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A special Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program at Kauffman Museum will highlight a recently published book with a museum tie.

Lisa Weaver, Bluffton, Ohio, author of Swords to Plowshares: The Creation of John P. Klassen’s Mennonite Central Committee Medallion (Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center of Bluffton University, 2014) will talk about the book Dec. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Kauffman Museum auditorium.

Kauffman Museum has the medallion of the title on display.

Weaver will present slides of John P. Klassen’s artwork, provide a historical framework for the Swords to Plowshares story and share about the process of creating this picture book for all ages (illustrations are by Amanda Huston).

Weaver will also sign copies of the book, which is for sale in the Kauffman Museum shop.

“Art reflects and influences our life experiences and understandings,” said Weaver. “Swords to Plowshares tells the story of how John P. Klassen melted down scattered bullets to make a medallion, [which] was given in 1922 to the newly-formed Mennonite Central Committee as thanks for the food and relief supplies that had reached Klassen’s war-ravaged village in Russia.

“The book’s themes including faith formation in children, the role of art in our lives, Mennonite and MCC history, and peace witness.”

The Dec. 21 program is free and open to the public.

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 and major holidays. Admission to the current special exhibit, “Climate and Energy Central: Doing Science in Kansas,” as well as 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,, or Facebook page.

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