Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

History along the road

Today we traveled south again in temps reaching 103F.  Along the way we stopped at the Kauffman Museum in Newton, KS.  It displays the history of the Mennonites arriving in Kansas in the mid 1800's, including their lifestyle and interaction with natives and other groups.

There is one picture that reflects how subgroups can be so different over time. The picture shows an American Mennonite woman and a Dutch Mennonite woman sharing a seat at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam in 1967

It also has a history section that looks at Mennonites through history, particularly during the Middle Ages, when persecution by other religious and  governments was widespread.

The museum also is preserving the many varieties of grassland plants on the site.  They have a mid 1800's barn and house to view.

A very well done historical site
We are spending the night at the fairgrounds in Shawnee, OK.


Jim and Sandie said...

Both the Mennonites and the Amish have a fascinating history. That was a great stop.

Sherry said...

103 makes me feel tired just reading the number. I can't get over how hot it is in so many places this summer. I was shocked at the picture of the two Menonite women. When we lived in Virginia there were several large groups of Mennonites on both sides of the mountains and while they did not look as strict as the one woman, the always wore mid calf dresses seemingly made from the same pattern and little white hats on their heads. Never bare legs or anything like the other girl was wearing. Looks like a very interesting place.

Laura Skjenna said...

the interior was not as simple as I imagined. Especially the furniture. I suppose I was basing my thinking on sterotypes.

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

That Dutch Mennonite does't look like any Memmonite woman I ever saw.
What a very neat museum. I never ever thought about Mennonites in the Middle Ages. I just think of them in the 20th Century.

Wanderin' said...

That's a little warm for me. What fun doing all that exploring but thankful you also have air conditioning!

Nickie Jim said...

You guys have been visiting some fascinating American locales.