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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 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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