This issue begins with a study of Mennonite storytelling as a negotiating process with a community over pacifism and patriotism during World War I in Whitewater, Kansas, by journalist Mark Unruh. To enrich the encounter with history, a recording and a transcription of an interview with a witness to the central story analyzed by Unruh is offered here, and was first gathered as part of the Schowalter Oral History project in 1974. We invite readers to listen to the recorded oral history as a special form of experiential access to the historic encounter under discussion.