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New drama from 16th-century martyr history at museum Nov. 15

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A new readers theater drama will be featured as part of Kauffman Museum’s occasional Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum series

A group of three readers will perform I Have Not Forsaken the Word of God Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the museum on the Bethel College campus.

Readers are Bethel graduates Katie Schmidt, who now works at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, and Adam Robb, a teacher at Moundridge High School, along with Doug Siemens, Bethel professor of teacher education.

The presentation is based on the confession of Jacques d’Auchy, whose betrayal and inquisition are recounted in the Martyrs Mirror by Thieleman J. van Braght.

The Martyrs Mirror Trust (a cooperative venture of Kauffman Museum and the Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen [Indiana] College) commissioned Carrie and Gerald Mast of Bluffton (Ohio) University to write the script to celebrate the 2011 purchase of the long-lost etching plate depicting d’Auchy in prison, created by Jan Luyken for the 1685 edition of the Martyrs Mirror.

The plate is on display at Kauffman Museum through Nov. 30, after which it will reside permanently at the Mennonite Historical Library.

The readers theater 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 special exhibit “Root for the Home Team: Building Community Through Sports,” 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 their website, or Facebook page.

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