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Kauffman Museum Strategic Planning Community Focus Group

Newton Recreation Center 415 N Poplar St, Newton, KS, United States

This spring, Kauffman Museum will develop an action plan that will move the museum boldly into the 21st century, paving a way forward in our rapidly changing world. Your input as a community member is essential as we work through this process. You are invited to join us on Thursday, April 28 from 6:30 to […]

Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum with Rachel Pannabecker and David Kreider

Kauffman Museum 27th & Main St., North Newton, KS, United States

Join us for "Collecting for College and Community: Past, Present and Future," a Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program with Rachel Pannabecker and David Kreider.   This program is presented as part of "The Magic of Things," a Kauffman Museum special exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of collecting at the oldest Mennonite museum in the Americas. View the event […]

Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum | “Decommissioned Missile Silo Sites: Reminders of Our Past and Future” by Nate Hofer

Kauffman Museum 27th & Main St., North Newton, KS, United States

Following a short business meeting of the Kauffman Museum Association, World Peace Photo award winner Nate Hofer will discuss making photographs of decommissioned nuclear missile silos. Nate's project included finding and traveling to the sites, talking with landowners, and considering why he takes the photos and whether he really is a legitimate photographer. This program […]

Annual Business Meeting

Kauffman Museum 27th & Main St., North Newton, KS, United States

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Fall Festival | “The Oldest Books in the Museum’s Collection” by Mark Jantzen, Bethel College Professor of History

Kauffman Museum 27th & Main St., North Newton, KS, United States

Kauffman Museum owns a number of cuneiform tablets that are over 4,000 years old. These ancient writings provide insight into a culture that goes back to the very beginnings of organized, urban life in Mesopotamia, the ancient Near East. Hundreds of Bethel students have been introduced to these objects in the class History of Civilization […]

Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum | Ina Navazelskis from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Bethel College 300 E 27th, North Newton, KS, United States

At 4:00 in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus, Ina Navazelskis, an oral historian from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, will speak about the value of oral history in helping preserve family stories and in helping us understand the complexities of people's experiences during […]

Living Endowment Dinner | “The Past in the Present” with Justina Neufeld and Janine Wedel

Kauffman Museum 27th & Main St., North Newton, KS, United States

At 5:30 at Kauffman Museum, please join us for the annual Living Endowment Dinner. We look forward to gathering in the museum building for a meal together after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Following dinner, Justina Neufeld with Janine Wedel will present a personal conversation exploring the 20th century forces that shape the Ukraine of today […]

Five Places of Christmas at Kauffman Museum

Newton-area museums welcome the public to “Five Places of Christmas” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The annual holiday open house is a collaborative event among the Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Harvey County Historical Museum, Kauffman Museum, Warkentin House, and Bethel College Women’s Association. This year, Kauffman Museum will offer museum […]

“Mennonite Peace Efforts under Communist Observation,” Pastor Bernhard Thiessen, Chairman, Peace Churches Office at the University of Hamburg, Berlin, Germany

Kauffman Museum 27th & Main St., North Newton, KS, United States

In the 1950s and 1960s, workers from Mennonite Central Committee Peace Section, the Puidoux Conferences, and the Christian Peace Conference organizations explored peace issues together in Europe. Their collaborative efforts drew the interest of the East German Protestant theologian Gerhard Bassarak, who worked for the East German Secret Police under the codename "Buss," and of […]