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Exhibit offers nomadic arts from Central Asia

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 11/01/2022 - 13:10
Entry to "Reeds & Wool" exhibit

An unusual exhibit from more than 20 years ago has been revived as Kauffman Museum presents the textile arts of Kyrgyz nomads in “Reeds & Wool: Patterned Screens of Central Asia.”

The special exhibition, which opened Oct. 22, will be on display through May 21, 2023.

Kauffman Museum developed this exhibition in 1998 in collaboration with John L. Sommer (1927-2020) to feature his extensive collection of reed screens.

Fall Festival back in full force with food, fun and fellowship

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 09/26/2022 - 21:14
Meeting friends at Fall Festival 2021

Bethel welcomes alumni and friends for its annual Fall Festival, with most events taking place Saturday, Oct. 8, on campus.

Find a complete Fall Festival schedule at www.bethelks.edu/fallfest

Fall Festival kicks off Oct. 6 with Taste of Newton, a Bethel collaboration with the City of Newton and the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, 6-9 p.m. downtown.

Photos contemplate nuclear-armed past, present and future

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 09/06/2022 - 12:35
An image from Nate Hofer's exhibit "One and a Half Acres"

Today is the last chance to see Nate Hofer's exhibit in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center, with the artist reception this evening (Sept. 22) from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery.

According to Hofer, the human race has managed to escape extinction so far most likely by sheer luck.

His exhibit, "One and a Half Acres: Images of America's Decommissioned Missile Silos," is one of arresting aerial photo images of no-longer-used nuclear missile silos in the Midwest.

Hofer is a musician and graphic designer from Overland Park, Kan.

New issue of Mennonite Life now available online

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 07/18/2022 - 15:56
Percent area for High Plains drought by Karen Reimer

The annual issue of Bethel’s journal Mennonite Life is now live for 2022 with articles remembering Keith Sprunger and Lawrence Hart, reflections on museum collecting, craft, and more.

The current issue of the online-only journal can be viewed at ml.bethelks.edu

Museum program to examine history of collecting

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 05/17/2022 - 10:58
Dave Kreider with a copy of the Martyrs Mirror that he chose for the current Kauffman Museum special exhibit

Kauffman Museum’s next Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum will be May 22 with Dave Kreider speaking on “Collecting for College and Community: Past, Present and Future.”

The program runs from 3-4 p.m. in the museum auditorium, at the corner of North Main and 27th streets on the Bethel College campus in North Newton.

Kreider was part of the team that built Kauffman Museum’s permanent exhibit “Of Land and People” (1985-88).

He rejoined the Kauffman Museum staff in 2000 and currently serves as museum technician and collections coordinator.

Professor dedicated a lifetime to history

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 04/25/2022 - 22:46
Keith and Aldine Sprunger

The memorial service for Keith L. Sprunger, professor emeritus of history, will be Saturday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church.

Sprunger held the Oswald H. Wedel Endowed Chair in History, and is remembered by generations of Bethel students for the class History of Civ. He died April 24 after several months of physical decline.

Falconer to present at museum for Earth Day

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 04/14/2022 - 22:18
Falconer Nate Mathews with a golden eagle

To celebrate Earth Day and its current special exhibit, Kauffman Museum will host falconer Nate Mathews, Wichita, on Saturday, April 23, in the museum auditorium.

The Saturday program is at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Admission to the museum is also free to program attenders.

The exhibit is “The Magic of Things: 5 Continents, 25 Centuries, 125 Years of Collecting.”

Items in the exhibit are not on permanent display, and many are being shown publicly for the first time.

Program will look at contrasting styles of African worship music

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 03/24/2022 - 16:32
John Janzen with ngoma drum and organ

John M. Janzen will present the next Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program at Kauffman Museum, April 3 at 3 p.m., based on two items he chose for the museum’s special exhibit.

The program is April 3 at 3 p.m. in the museum auditorium, with Janzen speaking on “Drums or Organ: Contesting Musical Styles in African Christianity.”

Kauffman Museum is located at the corner of North Main and 27th streets on the Bethel College campus. The current special exhibit is “The Magic of Things: 5 Continents, 25 Centuries, 125 Years of Collecting.”

Museum artifacts tell stories of life and death

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 02/28/2022 - 15:37
Reinhild Janzen with birth ritual clay pots from Uganda

Kauffman Museum opens its spring 2022 Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum series on March 6 with “Ritual Markers of Life and Death in Uganda and Taiwan” by Reinhild K. Janzen, Ph.D.

The program runs from 3-4 p.m. in the museum auditorium, at the corner of North Main and 27th streets on the Bethel College campus in North Newton.

Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum programs are open to the public with free admission that includes the special exhibition and the museum.

Current Bethel COVID protocols require face coverings to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Museum celebrates 125 years of collecting

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 02/03/2022 - 12:17
Getting the hearse ready for the special exhibit

To celebrate the depth and breadth of today's Kauffman Museum, the newest special exhibit, open through May 22, is “The Magic of Things: 5 Continents, 25 Centuries, 125 Years of Collecting.”

In December 1896, students and friends of Bethel College announced the formation of a Museum of Natural History and American Relics at the college.

Starting in 1941, Charles Kauffman began integrating his personal collections with the Bethel museum, eventually opening “Kauffman Museum” to the public. The current building was completed in 1983.

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