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Kauffman Museum North Newton

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Kauffman Museum
27th and North Main
Bethel College
North Newton
KS
67117
Tel: 316 283 1612

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The Kaufman museum has: * a tallgrass prairie reconstruction with over 15 species of grasses and more than 100 wildflower species * the award-winning permanent exhibit Of Land and People which tells the story of the coming of the Mennonites from Europe to the central plains in the 1870s and their encounters with the prairie environment and its people * an historic farmstead with heritage flower and vegetable gardens around the 1875 Voth-Unruh-Fast House and the 1886 Ratzlaff Barn * a new permanent exhibition featuring Kauffman Museum's collections of Mennonite immigrant furniture which was designated an official "Save America's Treasures" project * changing special exhibitions which have garnered numerous awards for excellence * educational programming for the whole family; guided tours available with themes complementing school curricula; teaching kits available for loan * innovative traveling exhibits, which have been installed in museums across the United States and Canada, available for booking
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    We visited the museum as part of a museum exhibits class. The exhibits curator was our guide and he couldn't have been more accommodating. We were introduced to the mission of the museum through a well thought out video presentation. The museum showcases motifs that pertain to the Mennonite experience in Kansas, including encounters with other cultures, the prairie, and living with the land. I thought the exhibit cases were professional looking however, the copy was sometimes hard to read, due to the size and placement in the cases. Overall,...Read More

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by Poppy Lula

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We visited the museum as part of a museum exhibits class. The exhibits curator was our guide and he couldn't have been more accommodating. We were introduced to the mission of the museum through a well thought out video presentation. The museum showcases motifs that pertain to the Mennonite experience in Kansas, including encounters with other cultures, the prairie, and living with the land. I thought the exhibit cases were professional looking however, the copy was sometimes hard to read, due to the size and placement in the cases. Overall, the museum did a good job of covering the motifs with artifacts that illustrated the various experiences of the Mennonites. I enjoyed the visit, and would recommend visiting this small, friendly, and informative museum. Exquisitive!

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