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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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