Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War

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 photomurals immerse visitors in the historical experience of witnessing for peace during “total war.”

A collaborative team of historians and museum professionals developed Voices of Conscience at Kauffman Museum. The exhibit is based on Kauffman Museum’s 30 years of experience in designing and building award-winning projects with a specific focus on innovative approaches to traveling exhibits.

Exhibit Support
Kauffman Museum Association
Kansas Humanities Council
Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City, KS and the Schowalter Foundation
Remembering Muted Voices Symposium: Plough Publishing, Hutterian Communities, Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies Center at Tabor College

Schedule: Voices of Conscience premiered at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City during the “Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance and Civil Liberties in World War I
through Today” Symposium, October 19-22, 2017

Organizations interested in hosting the exhibit can contact Chuck Regier, Curator of Exhibits or David Kreider, Museum Technician

Upcoming venues • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Heritage Hall Museum & Archives, Freeman, SD,
March 18 - April 26, 2020

Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS, April 30- May 24, 2020

Stauth Memorial Museum, Montezuma, KS, March 21- May 2, 2021

Past venues • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •  •
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach, MB, November 10-December 20, 2019

Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MB, September 20-November 9, 2019

Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park, Henderson, NE, July 10, 2019 - September 15, 2019

Dacota Prairie Museum, Aberdeen SD, May 25 - July 7, 2019

Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, TX, April 8 - May 20, 2019

Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH, February 17-March 31, 2019

Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA, November 23, 2018 -February 10, 2019

Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, October 1 - November 17, 2018

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society in cooperation with Landis Homes, August 19 - September 26, 2018

Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio July 4-8, 2018

Brethren Heritage Center, Brookville, OH, July 10-August 12, 2018

Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA, April 13 - June 22, 2018

Goshen College, Goshen, IN, February 16 - April 8, 2018

Kauffman Museum, November 1, 2017- January 21, 2018

Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City, KS, October 24-29, 2017

National World War I Museum, Kansas City, MO, October 19-21, 2017

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