Dr. Thomas F. Jorsch, assistant professor of History at Bethany College and project director for the Digital Humanities project “Service, Sacrifice, and Dissent: Lindsborg During World War I,” will be discussing the project website and the war’s effects on Lindsborg at a public presentation on Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.
One hundred years ago the United States participated in “The Great War,” which resulted in over 17 million deaths around the world. The war bankrupted nations, collapsed empires, destroyed the land, and deeply affected the psyche of people. The United States emerged on the victorious side and avoided the devastating effects that befell its allies and adversaries. Still, the people and communities of the United States were affected greatly by the war, especially from April 1917 until November 1918 when America fought alongside its allies.
The website “Service, Sacrifice, and Dissent: Lindsborg During World War I” tells the story of how the war affected one small Kansas town. The website covers how townspeople reacted from the opening shots of the war in Europe in August 1914 until the armistice was signed in November 1918. Topics covered include the preparedness campaign, men being drafted through the selective service process, changes at Bethany College during the war, how the city’s mostly first and second generation Swedish immigrants viewed the war, propaganda, those who protested the war, and the sacrifices made at home and in the trenches of France.
The website is part of Bethany College Digital Humanities and is available at dh.bethanylb.edu. This project was made possible by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.