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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.

Famous Kansans will star in museum’s Kansas Day celebration

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 01/20/2022 - 15:45
Trying out stilts at Kauffman Museum's Kansas Day celebration

Famous Kansans, and also books, will headline Kauffman Museum’s annual Kansas Day celebration for 2022, to be held Saturday afternoon, Jan. 29.

There will be food trucks in the museum parking lot at the corner of North Main and 27th Streets in North Newton beginning at 11:30 a.m. The museum and grounds open at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of special programs and activities.

Attendees are asked to park in the Thresher Stadium parking lot or the Luyken Fine Arts Center parking lot to leave the museum lot open for food trucks and handicapped parking.

Museum wins technology award for ‘Vapes’

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 11/29/2021 - 10:51
Detail from the timeline in the 'Vapes' exhibit at Kauffman Museum

Kauffman Museum took home another award from the Kansas Museums Association (KMA), this time for the use of technology in its current special exhibit.

“Vapes: Marketing an Addiction” is currently at the museum on the Bethel College campus.

At the KMA annual conference in Lawrence, Nov. 3-5, Kauffman Museum won a Technology Award for “Vapes,” which has five electronic or digital components.

Museum receives SHARP Recovery Grant from Humanities Kansas

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 10/08/2021 - 12:31
Exterior of Kauffman Museum

Kauffman Museum has received a grant to help offset financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humanities Kansas announced an award for $9,775 given as part of the SHARP Recovery Grant program.

SHARP Recovery Grants support Kansas cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus.

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