The mission of Kauffman Museum is to foster learning experiences rich in artifacts that promote aesthetic appreciation of, critical thinking about and reflection on the natural environment of the central prairies, with emphasis on the story of the Mennonites. This mission is achieved by:
- providing permanent and special exhibitions that interpret human and natural history
- collecting artifacts from and stories about Mennonite people to illuminate universal themes of beliefs, identity, adaptation and change
- organizing educational programs for children, students, adults and intergenerational audiences
- sharing museum resources with other communities through professional consultations, research, publication, and traveling exhibitions.
Revised and adopted by the Kauffman Museum Association Board of Directors, April 17, 2012
Our Core Values
Kauffman Museum pursues its mission from a corporate commitment to:
- Sustainable stewardship
- Agile creativity
- Inclusive collaboration
- Authentic learning and service
- Multigenerational hospitality
- Taking delight in God’s creation and accepting our responsibility to cherish and preserve what God and humans have created
Adopted by the Kauffman Museum Association Board of Directors, April 17, 2012
We recognize that Kauffman Museum stands on the prairie where many original peoples hunted and farmed before the arrival of European and American settlers, particularly the:
As you visit Kauffman Museum’s exhibitions and outdoor spaces, we ask that you honor the contributions Native Americans have made to our nation’s heritage, and commit to respecting their descendants and learning about their rich cultural traditions.
Kauffman Museum’s logo represents the K and M of its name, in shapes that suggest the organic forms of the prairie and the linear designs of human life. Kenneth Hiebert created the logo in 1984, when professor of graphic design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Hiebert discusses its use as logotype animation in his book, Graphic Design Processes: Universal to Unique (1992, pp. 187-201).
Our logo colors represent the topics of our permanent exhibition Of Land and People:
- Orange represents the original people
- Green represents the prairie
- Purple represents European immigration
Learn more about the meaning of the logo in the design process video.
27th and North Main St.
North Newton, KS 67117
Across from the main campus of
Closed Mondays and