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Research fund started to honor long-time history professor

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 02/23/2023 - 15:55
Keith Sprunger at his desk in the Mennonite Library & Archives

Former students and family members will remember the late Keith Sprunger Saturday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at Kauffman Museum, when a research fund in his honor will be formally launched.

The event will take place in person in the museum auditorium, but there is also a Zoom link for those who want to join from a distance:

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

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.

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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