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First-Saturday bird walk will include poetry, KU presenters

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 08/31/2021 - 15:57
Words of a Feather poster

Kauffman Museum received a grant from Humanities Kansas to present “Words of a Feather,” Saturday, Sept. 4, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the museum’s front door.

The museum’s usual first-Saturday bird walk will be a special one for September, featuring poetry along with the birds, and two guest presenters.

Program to look at how tobacco advertising created health disparities

Submitted by mzuercher on Wed, 08/25/2021 - 12:48
An American Tobacco Company ad for Lucky Strikes, ca. 1930

A virtual program sponsored by Kauffman Museum on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 3 p.m., will look at how tobacco company advertising has been detrimental to public health.

Over the past century, and even earlier, large tobacco companies have enabled health disparities through the marketing of their addictive, and potentially fatal, products.

That’s the premise of the next Sunday-Afternoon-from-the-Museum program, which will take place via Zoom and Facebook Live.

New museum exhibit explores vaping

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 07/23/2021 - 12:31
A viewer examines the "Vapes" exhibit at NMC Health.

Kauffman Museum tackles the controversial issue of e-cigarettes in its newest special exhibit, which had its grand opening July 29 at the museum.

The public was invited to view “Vapes: Marketing an Addiction” with the exhibit team present to interact with visitors.

“Vapes," which just finished a 7-week run at NMC Health in Newton, examines what is known about e-cigarettes, the new alternative to smoking.

Walk the trail, see some birds on first Saturday in June

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 05/27/2021 - 16:13
Walker on Sand Creek Trail

Walk Sand Creek Trail Day is back "live" this year and celebrating its 10th anniversary on June 5, when there will also be a first-Saturday bird walk starting in the Kauffman Museum parking lot.

Walk Sand Creek Trail Day is part of National Trails Day®, sponsored by American Hiking Society (AHS).

The bird walk begins at Kauffman Museum at 7 a.m. on June 5, and includes the part of the trail on the Bethel College campus in North Newton.

Museum offers Earth Day-related activities on April 24

Submitted by mzuercher on Wed, 04/21/2021 - 10:51
North Newton Trail Kiosk #6

In honor of Earth Day, outdoor exercise and reading, Kauffman Museum is rebooting its Kansas Day "trail adventure" from last January.

On Saturday, April 24, the museum at Bethel College invites families and others to enjoy an event that got rained out on the annual Celebrate Kansas Day! on Jan. 30.

“We will encourage walking or biking to seven of the eight North Newton trail kiosks,” said Andi Schmidt Andres, museum director and curator of education.

This “Earth Day Trail Adventure” will take place between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Museum adapts Kansas Day activities to pandemic

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 01/18/2021 - 22:42
Kansas Day in a Box

Kauffman Museum’s annual Kansas Day celebration this year has some opportunities for in-person engagement along with virtual options.

The celebration itself is Jan. 30, but families who want to participate in “Kansas Day in a Box” need to order by Jan. 20, at

Next museum program to look at land ownership, indigenous rights

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 01/05/2021 - 20:46
Pauline Sharp, right, and Florence Schloneger (photo copyright Travis Heying, The Wichita Eagle; used with permission)

Florence Schloneger and Pauline Sharp will share family stories related to land ownership, economics, education and identity, Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live.

In 2018, Schloneger, North Newton, a retired Mennonite pastor, did something that no landowner in Kansas had apparently done before.

She gave something back to the Kanza people (also known as the Kaw Nation) after generations of broken and renegotiated treaties between them and the U.S. government.

Smithsonian exhibit puts rural at the center

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 12/08/2020 - 15:30
Detail from "Crossroads" exhibit

This is the last week to see the special exhibit at Kauffman Museum (through Sunday, Jan. 17).

The museum has partnered with Humanities Kansas to bring the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit to the local area.

Kauffman Museum has built on the photographs, hands-on activities and audio and video clips provided by the Smithsonian in the “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” to tell the history and culture of local rural life and to spark conversations using its own companion exhibit, “Of Land and People: Our Community at the Crossroads of Change.”

Museum brings back exhibit on race, stereotypes

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 09/08/2020 - 15:44
A view of the entry to "Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations" at Kauffman Museum

The Kauffman Museum traveling exhibit “Sorting Out Race” will be on display just through the end of this month.

COVID-19 brought home from the road “Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations,” developed by a team of museum staff and community consultants in 2015.

Its last day is Sunday, Nov. 29.

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