Program at IVPL: “Doing Their Duty”: Local WWI Veterans

“Doing Their Duty: Stories of area Mennonite and Brethren boys who saw military service in World War I.” An illustrated presentation by Joel D. Alderfer, Mennonite Heritage Center’s Collections Manager.

Using images, stories, and anecdotes, Alderfer will look at a group of young men from the Salford Mennonite and Indian Creek Church of the Brethren communities who volunteered for, or were drafted into, military service in World War I. Why might these boys, raised in historic peace church congregations, have accepted, even volunteered for service? What do we know about their war-time experiences and what happened to them after they returned home?