Kauffman Museum is opening a new exhibit about WWI this weekend. 

Three highlights

1. A new exhibit

People around the world are commemorating the centennial of the First World War in 2017, including Kauffman Museum at Bethel College.

As the museum prepares to introduce a new traveling exhibit, “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” there are also special museum offerings in conjunction, including a Sept. 21 bus trip.

 “Voices of Conscience” will be open Sept. 10 through Oct. 17 before traveling to the World War I Museum for two weeks. It returns to Kauffman Museum Oct. 31 and closes Dec. 17.


2. A presentation

Dr. Rachel Waltner Goossen, a professor of history at Washburn University, will give the inaugural presentation in conjunction with the Kauffman Museum's fall special exhibit exploring the stories of conscientious objectors during WWI. Her lecture, "Voices of Conscience: The Great War and Legacies of Peace Witness," begins at 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at the museum and is funded by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions and ideas to strengthen civic life. Admission to the program is free.


3. The museum

The museum's regular exhibits will also be open including 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.


WHERE: Kauffman Museum, 27th and North Main. 

WHEN: Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.

HOW MUCH: The Goossen lecture is free.  Admission to the permanent exhibits – “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” – is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16 and free for Kauffman Museum members