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Kauffman Museum seeks World War I artifacts for new exhibit

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I in 1917 approaches, Kauffman Museum at Bethel College working tell a less well known piece of that history.

And the museum needs your help in gathering artifacts for the new exhibit.

“Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War” is a traveling exhibit now in development that will explore the stories of resisters and the suffering they experienced at the hands of a war-crusading American public.

“This exhibit lifts up the prophetic insights and personal courage of World War I peace protesters, and suggests parallels to the culture of war and violence in our world today,” said Kauffman Museum Director Annette LeZotte.

The museum is seeking letters, photographs, documents and artifacts that will assist in the telling of this important story, and will accept both donations and long-term loans.

“The unique situation of World War I conscientious objectors resulted in different types of artifacts and remembrances being saved by their families,” LeZotte said. “They rejected uniforms and medals and weapons, which are the types of objects commonly displayed by museums in exhibits about World War I.

“The artifacts of conscientious objectors’ war experiences are their stories and witness, which may be preserved in unique ways. We just don’t know what’s out there.”

There is more information on “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War” at the “Traveling Exhibits” tab of the museum website, (see

If you have an artifact to share, contact Annette LeZotte at 316-283-1612.

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