U.S. Marines in Baghdad - Wikimedia Commons
U.S. Marines in Baghdad – Wikimedia Commons

We’ve checked in periodically with Prof. Chris Gehrz and Fletcher Warren (’15)’s summer project, Bethel at War. They’ve been spending the summer collaborating on a digital history project: a website exploring how the people of Bethel have experienced the century of warfare extending from 1914 (the year World War I began and Bethel settled permanently in St. Paul) to the present day.

Fletcher, who has been researching the Vietnam War and the War on Terror, has today written a request for alumni input. As he puts it:

I’ve developed a survey to collect memories of responses from the War on Terror era, a survey that I’d like to see shared as widely as possible. Divided into sections on 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, some broad questions about the era as a whole, a section for veterans, and a final free-form section, the survey is designed to motivate thoughtful reflection on the events and passions of the early 2000s.

If you were were at Bethel during the War on Terror (although the war hasn’t ended, Fletcher is primarily studying the period from September 11, 2001 through approximately 2006), head over to the blog post to read how you can respond. History alumns in particular ought to have interesting insights on the era.



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