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Over 100 volunteers, staff, and lenders made this exhibit possible. Some of the many volunteers and staff who participated in the creation of the WWI exhibit are pictured here with their award. Seated, left to right: Chris Zaima, Stephen Bartkus, Sandy Booth, Amie Walston, and Richard Kleinberg. Standing, left to right: Ann Quackenbos, Karen Stansbury, David Babington, Keith Templeton, Michael Bird, Alexandra Madsen, Michael Kassis, and William Smith.


Gunn Museum Presented with Award of Merit for WWI Exhibit

The Gunn Memorial Museum was recently presented with an Award of Merit by the Order of the First World War for its commemoration of the centennial of World War One this year. The Gunn Museum's exhibit, Over There: Washington and the Great War, supported in part by a sponsorship grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation, was created by museum volunteers and staff, and includes an accompanying yearlong WWI program series, as well as an ongoing history project with students in The Gunnery's Artifacts and Archives class.

Dr. Robert G. Carroon, Senior Vice Commander of the Order of the First World War, praised the Gunn Museum: "The exhibit is the most impressive I have seen outside of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City. It shows what a smaller museum can do with limited space and resources and should be an example to all working in the field as the centennial of the Great War of 1914-1918 approaches. Congratulations to you and your staff on an absolutely first rate presentation."

The Order of the First World War is a membership group for descendants of men and women who served with the military or civil government during WWI. Their mission is patriotic, historical, and educational. To learn more, visit their website: www.orderfirstworldwar.com.

New volunteers and student interns are always welcome to join the Gunn Museum's award-winning team. Call the Museum at 860-868-7756 for more information about volunteering.

Some of the many volunteers and staff who assisted with the
Gunn Museum's Civil War Commemoration.
First row: David Babington, Ann Quackenbos, Sandy Booth, Samantha Heberton.
Second row: Stephen Bartkus, Paula Krimsky, Keith Templeton, Michael Bird
Third row: Richard Kleinberg, Nancy Chute, Sarah Griswold, Willie Smith
Fourth row: Douglas Schlicher, Zachary Bodnar, Chris Zaima

Gunn Museum Wins Three Prestigious Awards
for 2011 Civil War Exhibit

The Gunn Memorial Museum was recognized for its commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in 2011. The public exhibit, "Letters from the Battlefield: Stories of Washington's Civil War Soldiers," was created by Museum staff and volunteers and incorporated a scholar lecture series as well as a social studies project with the 8th grade students of Shepaug Valley Middle School. This innovative work garnered three awards:

The Civil War exhibit highlighted the artistic talents of designer Chris Zaima and Washington artist Keith Templeton and guest curator Thomas Zanavich, in addition to the creative resources of a strong contingency of others. "We are extremely fortunate to have a solid core of capable and interested people who volunteer their time and talent", noted Gunn Memorial's Executive Director Jean Chapin. "Our institution achieves at a high level because of the support we receive directly from members of the community. These dedicated history buffs, along with Curator Stephen Bartkus, are to be commended for their work."

The national competition for the Award for Excellence in Public History ranged from a small historical society on an island off the coast of Maine to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Anne Rubin, President of The Society of Civil War Historians, praised the Gunn Museum for "creating an exemplary public history project, one that educated, engaged, and in many cases, involved, the community. This exhibit and lecture series brought the public into and behind the scenes of the museum, should serve as a model for other local museums, and is more than deserving of this award."

Each year the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) presents Awards of Merit in recognition of outstanding institutional and individual contributions that enhance and further the knowledge and understanding of Connecticut history. The Gunn Museum is one of twelve recipients of the CLHO 2011 Award of Merit.

The Leadership in History Award, now in its 67th year, is conferred by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and is one of the nation's most prestigious awards for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. This year the AASLH will confer 59 national awards at their annual conference Salt Lake City, Utah.

New volunteers and student interns are always welcome to join the Gunn Museum's award-winning team. Call the Museum at 860-868-7756 for more information about volunteering.

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