NORTH NEWTON— 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.

The centerpiece of this trip is a Kansas City Missouri museum that Andi Schmidt Andres, Kauffman Museum curator of education, calls “very enlightening, incredibly well done and worth the visit,” the National World War I Museum and Memorial – though there are several other options as well.

“The museum will be interesting for everyone, not just military history buffs,” Andres said. “You will be able to choose whether to spend your entire day there or go to nearby sites.”

The tour will start with a short introductory audio-visual program for everyone. Afterward, tour participants can choose to use an audio-guide, go on a guided tour or look on their own.

After lunch, at the museum’s Over There Café, participants can continue exploring the World War I Museum or visit one or both of two adjacent sites.

The Kansas City’s upscale shopping mall, Crown Center, offers independent and chain retailers, and the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, where you can watch forklifts carrying pallets of bills and bring home a souvenir small bag of shredded money.

The trip leaves from the parking lot of Kauffman Museum on Sept. 21 and returns there after supper at the Trail Days Café and Museum at the historic Rawlinson-Terwilliger Home in Council Grove. Before or after supper, there will be time to visit the seven historic buildings on the museum complex site.

Cost is $135 per museum member and $150 per non-member and includes a light breakfast of muffins and juice on the bus (coffee stop on the way at each participant’s expense), travel by modern motor coach, all admissions all meals and gratuities. The reservation deadline is Sept. 13.

For more information or to reserve your place, visit the Kauffman Museum store, or contact Andi Schmidt Andres, Kauffman Museum curator of education, at or 316-283-1612. Phone or e-mail reservations may be made with a credit card.