Quaker Heritage Center Presenting Exhibit Highlighting 100th Anniversary of World War I

Opening Program Explored Quakers' Response to "Great War"

July 21, 2014

World War I has become for many Americans a part of almost ancient history, more likely to be lumped together with the Civil War and French Revolution than viewed as a significant factor for ushering in modern society.

Aspects of the so-called “Great War” are featured in the latest gallery exhibit. The Pity of War: Words and Images of World War I, at Wilmington College’s Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center July 28 through Dec. 12.

An opening program and reception were held July 28 featuring Stephen Angell, the Geraldine Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies at Earlham School of Religion, who spoke on “A. Neave Brayshaw and the Re-Invigoration of the Quaker Peace Testimony during World War I.” His talk explored the way the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) responded to the War.

July 28  marked the 100th anniversary of the opening salvos of the war when Austro-Hungarian forces began its invasion of Serbia. By the end of “The War to End All Wars,” more than 9 million participants were dead and 28 million wounded or listed as missing.

It was one the Earth’s deadliest conflicts.

“It’s a story that we tend to forget,” said Ruth Brindle, curator of the Quaker Heritage Center. “World War I is often overshadowed by World War II, particularly here in the United States, where the war’s impact wasn’t felt as acutely as it was in Europe.

“That’s why we felt this exhibit is necessary.”

The Pity of War: Words and Images of World War I will feature a chronology of the war and stories of those that lived through those events as soldiers, civilians and conscientious objectors.

“Using the words of these individuals, and highlighting those stories with images from the period, really brings the experience home on a personal level,” Brindle said, noting that, of particular interest to the mission of the Quaker Heritage Center is the inclusion of stories of Quakers that registered as conscientious objectors or volunteered for relief work in war-torn Europe.

The Quaker Heritage Center is open weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the last Saturday of each month between August and November, from noon to 5 p.m. Other special programming is planned for this fall.


Quaker Heritage Center to Present World War I Exhibit through Dec. 12

Time: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — Friday, December 12, 2014
Location: Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center

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