Kauffman wins national award

Special to the Kansan
A traveling exhibit,  "Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War," by Kauffman Museum at Bethel College recently received an American Association for State and Local History Award of Excellence.

A traveling exhibit, “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War,” by the Kauffman Museum at Bethel College was recently feted with a national award.

The American Association for State and Local History named Kauffman Museum at Bethel College the recipient of an Award of Excellence.

The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 75th year, is a recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

This year, AASLH conferred 57 national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits and publications, with Kauffman Museum the only awardee in Kansas.

The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States.

“Voices of Conscience” lifts up the prophetic insights and personal courage of World War I peace protesters and suggests parallels to the culture of war and violence in the world today.

The exhibition premiered at the “Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today” symposium at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City on Oct. 19, 2017, and continues to travel.

To date, “Voices of Conscience” has been shown at 16 sites in nine states and one Canadian province, reaching an estimated 12,000 visitors.

“It has been gratifying to see host sites add companion exhibits sharing the stories and artifacts from people in their own community who had a World War I peace witness,” said David Kreider, a Kauffman Museum staff member who travels with the exhibit. “The exhibit also helps people reflect on who are the voices of conscience in our communities today.”

For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit kauffmanmuseum.org, or go to voicesofconscienceexhibit.org to book “Voices of Conscience” for a museum, library or church.

AASLH is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., AASLH provides leadership, service and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people.

AASLH publishes books, technical manuals and a quarterly magazine, and maintains numerous affinity groups and committees serving a broad range of constituents across the historical community. The association sponsors an annual meeting, regional and national in-person workshops, and online training. See www.aaslh.org

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. It is closed Mondays and major holidays. However, with changing COVID-19 protocols, people interested in visiting are advised to check the museum’s website, kauffmanmuseum.org, or Facebook page or call 316-283-1612 before planning a visit.

The next Kauffman Museum special exhibit is one of its own, the award-winning traveling exhibit “Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations,” which opens Aug. 28. “Sorting Out Race” also garnered the museum an AASLH Award of Excellence in 2018.