A group of Liberty Guards in Converse, Indiana are assembled for this group portrait. Most are in uniform with officers and NCOs in the group. Governor James P. Goodrich established the Liberty Guards in 1917. They were to maintain order and watch for anyone working against the war effort. As auxiliary to the state militia its mission was to "stamp out treason, discover disloyalty, and to be on call in time of disaster."
This image is a preservation copy made from an unstable original nitrate negative.
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World War, 1914-1918
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