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Bethel announces reduced hours for the holidays

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 12/22/2022 - 15:06
Christmas tree under the moon

The campus is closed, except for Kauffman Museum, Reverie Roasters at Mojo's, and the advancement office on Dec. 30, from Friday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.

Advancement staff will be in their office at Leisy House (corner of Goerz Ave. and E. 23rd St. in North Newton) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, and welcome visitors.

Kauffman Museum is open Dec. 27-30 (Tuesday-Friday), 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The museum is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (as well as the normal Mondays).

500-year-old book a prospective draw to archives

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 10/28/2021 - 16:29
The MLA's Erasmus New Testament in its special display case

Bethel's Mennonite Library and Archives is trying to get your attention with an invitation to view the oldest book in its collection, which celebrates its 500th birthday in 2022.

The 1522 edition of the New Testament in Greek and Latin, edited by Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), is currently displayed prominently upon entering the MLA’s front door, in a case built by Kauffman Museum technician Dave Kreider.

It is currently open to John 1, where students traditionally start when learning New Testament Greek.

MLA achieves $1 million for endowment to ensure stable future

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 23:53
John Thiesen and Dale Schrag with the Erasmus Bible

It took a bit longer than expected, but the Mennonite Library and Archives achieved a major financial goal that helps stabilize its future.

At the end of February, John Thiesen, co-director of libraries at Bethel and archivist in the MLA, sent an e-mail letter to MLA supporters announcing completion of a $1 million goal for an endowment to support the MLA.

“In fact,” Thiesen said, “we now have $1,037,413 in hand for the endowment.”

Historians continue discussion of Bethel in the Sixties

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 02/10/2020 - 16:17
Jan Dick rings tolls the bell for the American dead during the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam in October 1969

The next Friends of the MLA program, on Saturday, Feb. 22, will look back at the impact of the 1960s on the college and the larger Newton community.

Keith L. Sprunger, Bethel professor emeritus of history, will facilitate the program “Remembering Bethel in the Sixties: A Turning Point?,” Feb. 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the college’s Mantz Library lounge (ground floor).

The ’60s turned out to be a time of great changes in American life – a decade some have even called “the 20th-century turning point.”

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