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Excerpted from a new release from Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

A century ago, the United States had just entered “The Great War.” While many wholeheartedly endorsed this effort, there were persons who could not in good conscience be involved in the killing of other humans. Often at great cost, even including death in a few cases, they spoke through their words and actions of a different path.

“Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War” is a traveling exhibit developed by the Kauffman Museum, North Newton, Kansas, which remembers the stories of people of faith who opposed the First World War 1914-1918. “Voices of Conscience” is one of the Lancaster Roots 2018 events, which is sponsored by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and will be hosted at Landis Homes.

The exhibit will be held in the Crossings Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of the new Calvin G. and Janet C. High Learning and Wellness Center at Landis Homes. It will be on display from August 19 to September 26, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with other hours by appointment.

There will be an opening reception at 2 p.m. on August 19 in the High Foundation Auditorium at Landis Homes.

A series of educational meetings will be held alongside the exhibit, focusing on conscientious objection to war. For more information about this exhibit and related events, visit: lmhs.org/events/voices-of-conscience.

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