Story of South Dakota WWI Private Written by Mount Marty University Professor Airs on National TV

Published: 6 December 2022

via the Mount Marty University (SD) web site

From Wentworth to the Western Front

From Wentworth to the Western Front

YANKTON, SD — A widespread lack of understanding around the global impact of World War I and life at the time in rural South Dakota inspired Mount Marty University (MMU) history professor, Dr. Rich Lofthus, to write a book. The story behind “From Wentworth to the Western Front” aired on the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN) on Dec. 10, and available online at

Dr. Rich Lofthus

Dr. Rich Lofthus with his book “From Wentworth to the Western Front”

The 70-minute program will examine the war front and the home front of WWI from the perspective of Wentworth, South Dakota native, Private John Warns’ family correspondence—a collection of over 150 letters.

“World War One is overlooked…and not a lot of attention has ever been paid to what happened in places like rural South Dakota during the war,” Lofthus says. “Viewers will see and hear a South Dakota story about the Warns family and how they were impacted by World War One.”

The program joins C-SPAN’s “Lectures in History” series, which joins students in the classroom to hear lectures on topics ranging from the American Revolution to 9/11. MMU welcomed C-SPAN to campus on Nov. 1 for recording.

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