War monuments, cenotaphs and honour rolls remind us daily of the most dramatic and familiar stories of war. This exhibit tells war stories of a different kind, and lays out an alternative memorial landscape—the landscape of nonresistance.
These stories are gleaned from letters, diaries, newspapers, photographs, government documents and family histories found in the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. Together, they paint a picture of the Great War from a “peace church” perspective.
Underlying this exhibit are the questions: Why are these stories not more well known? How does our society choose which events and places of the past to commemorate? What does it mean to remember war?
Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War is located in the Milton Good Library and Mennonite Archives of Ontario gallery on the 3rd floor of Conrad Grebel University College. Exhibit hours are the same as library hours.
The exhibit begins May 2017 and runs until May, 2019. Admission is free.
School, church and community groups are welcome. Guided tours and additional programing are available upon request. To explore the possibilities of how the exhibit can be an enriching experience for your group, please contact the Archivist in advance.