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 is developing 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.

Schedule: Voices of Conscience will open at Kauffman Museum in September 2017. The exhibit will be on display 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
. The exhibit schedule is listed on our Traveling Exhibits page.

Exhibit support and booking: We continue to solicit funds for the production and tour of the exhibit. Organizations interested in hosting the exhibit that support the project with early financial commitments will receive priority bookings as we develop a tour schedule. For further information contact: Chuck Regier, Kauffman Museum Curator of Exhibits,

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