Monthly Archives: June 2014

Archbishop John Ireland reviews St. Thomas cadets in 1917

WWI on Twin Cities Campuses

How typical was Bethel’s experience of the century of modern warfare that started in 1914? While we’ll stay fairly close to Bethel for the project itself, early on in my research I’ve been dabbling with the history of some of Bethel’s peers: neighbors in the Twin Cities and other Christian colleges. So today I’ll kick off an occasional […]

Lt. August L. Sundvall (d. 1918)

“The First”

The first person connected to Bethel to die in our century of warfare perished on April 20, 1918. Originally from New Richmond, Wisconsin, August Leo Sundvall had attended Bethel Academy early in its history, 1908-1909, when it was located at the intersection of Como and Carter in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. […]

A young U.S. Marine waits on the beaches of Da Nang, Vietnam.

Introductions: Vietnam and the War on Terror

When Chris and I started divvying up research tasks, my inclination was to focus on Vietnam and the War on Terror. This much is surprising – despite my being reasonably cognizant for 9/11 and the subsequent military actions those events sparked, I know less about the War on Terror than any of the conflicts we’re […]

Somme American Cemetery in Bony, France

Introductions: World War I and World War II

While this project is a collaboration with Fletcher — indeed, it’s probably the most collaborative research project I’ve ever attempted — we’ll each take primary responsibility for two of the four wars in Bethel’s past century of warfare. Fletcher will handle the more recent history, focusing on the Vietnam War and the War on Terror. Which leaves me with […]

"Help keep it great! Freshmen! Sophomores! Stay in college and become a naval officer!"

Welcome to “Bethel at War”

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, one of the most devastating events in human history. Much less famously, 1914 was also the year that the Swedish Baptist Theological Seminary moved from Chicago, Illinois to St. Paul, Minnesota, where it merged with — and took the name of — a Christian […]