Punished pacifists is CMBS banquet topic

The Center for Menno­nite Brethren Studies will host its annual spring banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in Tabor College’s Chapel-Auditorium.

Author Duane Stoltzfus from Goshen, Ind., will present the keynote address: “On the Frontlines of Con­science: An Account of Four Hutterites Sentenced to Hard Labor at Alcatraz 1918-1919.”

Stoltzfus’ presentation is based on his book, “Pacifists in Chains,” about four men who refused to perform military service during the war. The illustrated talk will discuss the book and Stoltzfus’ research process.

“We are thrilled to have Duane share his findings with our group,” said Peggy Goertzen, CMBS director. “His work to research and record the incredible journey of these men is a very meaningful part of our history.”

The banquet program, which is open to the public for a fee of $16, serves as an educational and outreach opportunity for CMBS, which is a primary resource center and archives for information about the Mennonite Brethren, Tabor College and related subjects.

Prior to the banquet, CMBS is hosting a Faith Heritage Tour from 12-5:15 p.m. The tour will leave from the Historic Church on the Tabor campus and visit multiple historic locations in Marion County,.

The event fee of $30 includes a faspa lunch.

Reservations for both events are due by May 1 to Goertzen at peggyg@tabor.edu or 620-947-3121, ext. 1211.