Traveling Exhibition: Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War

Kauffman Museum at Bethel College presents a traveling exhibit that remembers the witness of peace-minded people against the First World War 1914-1918. This witness included men and women, religious believers and secular humanitarians, political protesters and sectarian separatists. They resisted U.S. involvement in the war, the enactment of military conscription, the war bond drives, and the denial of freedom of speech under the Espionage and Sedition Acts. For this resistance many suffered community humiliation, federal imprisonment, and mob violence at the hands of a war-crusading American public. This exhibit lifts up the prophetic insights and the personal courage of World War I peace protesters, and suggests parallels to the culture of war and violence in our world today.

The exhibit is organized in ten themes that encourage exploration and reflection. The theme modules surround a recreation of an Alcatraz Prison cell, the site where Hutterite conscientious objectors were punished for refusing military participation. Text and quotes provide interpretation and raise provocative questions for viewers while large-scale graphics and photo murals immerse visitors in the historical experience of witnessing for peace during “total war.”

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Completely self-contained, flexible and designed to travel, the exhibit can easily be installed in a variety of spaces, requiring at least 1000 square feet.

$5,000 includes 6 weeks hosting the exhibit and assistance from Kauffman Museum for exhibit installation. Shipping fees not included, costs vary depending upon location. Additional weeks can be booked at a cost of $750 per week.

To schedule a time to host the exhibit contact: Renae Stucky, Collections Manager,, 316-283-1612 or Chuck Regier, Curator of Exhibits,

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