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Explore American Mennonite History – Newton, KS

Meet your family in Newton, KS to explore your Mennonite heritage and see some local sights on a refreshing weekend getaway. This is the perfect local tour for family groups of 5-10. Invite your kids and grandkids. Connect with your siblings and cousins.

At A Glance

  • Choose your own dates
  • 3 Days



Day 1: Visit the Kauffman Museum and the Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College. Learn about the Mennonites settling in Kansas and perhaps even learn more about your family history. Explore the area, visiting some of the many Mennonite sites or some of the other suggested local attractions. Or settle into your hotel early for some relaxation and enjoy the on-site amenities. Be sure to enjoy a filling meal at one of the local restaurants.

Day 2: Take a tour of the surrounding countryside with stops at historical cemeteries, historical churches, and remnants of Russian Mennonite village streets. Enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local Mennonite family.

Day 3: Today is a free day to enjoy some more local experiences before heading home. You could visit the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum or perhaps you want to go for a hike or visit some of the local shops and markets. Depart for home or extend your stay to explore more local options.

 *This itinerary is fully customizable. We would be happy to assist you with customizing this program to meet your family’s needs.


Step 1: Reserve your family’s adventure and choose one of the following Hotels.

Comfort Inn & Suites

1205 E 1st St, Newton, KS 67114, United States

This 3-story hotel off Interstate 135 is 1.3 miles from downtown Newton and 4.2 miles from Bethel College. All rooms and suites include free WiFi and have en-suite bathrooms with showers, as well as flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and minifridges. Suites also feature whirlpool tubs and/or living areas with pull-out sofas. A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is provided and there’s an indoor, heated pool and an exercise room. Other amenities include a meeting room, laundry facilities (fee), and free parking.

Historic Elgin Hotel

115 N, Third, Marion, KS 66861, United States

Amidst the peaceful Flint Hills of Kansas stands the Historic Elgin Hotel, the region’s finest fully-renovated boutique hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Elgin’s 19th-century limestone building provides a unique venue to rest, relax and reconnect in an atmosphere that blends the nostalgia of the past with the luxuries of today. Five living rooms, an outdoor verandah, a fitness center, and a game lounge compliment twelve unique suites to create an exceptional getaway. Private ensuite bathrooms, jacuzzis, and Smart TVs as well as complimentary Wifi, in-room refrigerators, docking stations, and plush robes and slippers make a stay at the Elgin an unforgettable experience for its guests. The elegant Victorian ballroom, conference room, and courtyard are available for weddings, celebrations, meetings, and gatherings.


Step 2: Enhance your tour by visiting other local attractions. Click below for more exciting options.


Oz Museum by Al, Flickr

Explore American Mennonite History in Kansas – Other Attractions




Step 3: Add an Extension to your Trip.


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Header Photo: Kansas Prairie by Mobilus In Mobili, Flickr