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Gunn Historical Museum
5 Wykeham Road
P.O. Box 1419
Washington, CT 06793
Stephen Bartkus, Curator
Lisa Breese, Operations Manager
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Exhibits & ProgramsThe museum is currently closed as we work on the collection, pop-up exhibits, and our new permanent Washington history exhibit. Research can be conducted and artifact donations can be made by appointment. Please call 860-868-7756.
Museum Reopens with Reception
You are invited to an open house at the Gunn Historical Museum on Saturday, February 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to view and participate in a new community-sourcing display in the Georgianna Middlebrook Room. We will be serving George Washington’s famous "I Cannot Tell a Lie" Cherry Pie.
Who was the Owner of this Hat?
Come on down to our Opening Reception
on February 25 and find out!
After having been closed to the public for over a year, the Gunn Historical Museum will now be open three days each week: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11am-2pm. Museum volunteers have been busy working behind the scenes inventorying the collection and conducting research in preparation for the upcoming permanent Washington history exhibit, and some of their discoveries will be on display. The open house is also an opportunity to meet and welcome Lisa Breese, the Museum’s new Operations Manager.
In the new one room display, created by the Gunn Museum’s Exhibition Committee, the community is invited to participate in the planning process of the upcoming permanent Washington history exhibit, while enjoying a retrospective display of past exhibits. We would like to collect your stories, objects, and photographs of the people, places, and events that gave rise to the unique town we know today. We’d like you to share the history of your family in Washington and your favorite Washington memories, and let us know what topics you think should be included in a permanent exhibit about the history of Washington, Connecticut.
The snow date for the open house is Sunday, February 26. The display in the Georgianna Middlebrook Room will be open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Additionally, research can be conducted in the Museum by appointment.
Museum's Recurring History Program Schedule for 2017
Our three popular recurring programs rotate monthly. All are welcome to attend and learn about the history of our town at these fun informal gatherings!
Ritchie's in New Preston, in the '50s. Click to enlarge.
Washington History Club at NightThe Washington History Club at Night is a program of the Gunn Historical Museum and Meets the third Tuesday of the months of February, May, and November at 6:30 pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library to discuss the history of Washington, Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston and Woodville. Share your stories with the group or just come and listen to the fascinating conversation about our town's past. Bring your memories, photos and objects for show and tell!
Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The topic of discussion will be "dining out" places to eat then and now Colonial Taverns, Tea Rooms, Soda Fountains and Ice Cream Parlors, Diners, Restaurants and Bars, School Dining Halls, Lunch Stands, etc. The Shepaug Club, the old Mayflower, Parks Drug lunch counter, Washington Pharmacy, Green Drug, the Swedish Smorgasbord, Ritchie’s, Docs, The Casino, Inns of Lake Waramaug, Jonathan’s, GW Tavern, Sugarbowl, The Galleria, Marbledale Pub, Lovie’s Bakery, Washington Arms, Chuckwagon, Erik the Chef, Le Bon Coin, etc. Bring your stories to share about interesting past and present places to eat and drink in Washington, your favorite meals, the people who worked there, and the folks who frequented them!
Washington History Club in the MorningMeets the third Monday of the months of March, June, September, and December at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington Senior Center to discuss the history of Washington, Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston and Woodville. Share your stories with the group or just listen to the fascinating conversation about our town's past. Bring your photos and objects for show and tell!
Next Meeting: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Topic to come
Readings from the Archives of the Gunn Historical MuseumMeets the first Monday of the months of January, April, and October at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington Senior Center. Staff present a paper about the history of Washington from the museum's archive, related photos and artifacts from the museum are displayed and a discussion follows.
Next Meeting: Monday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. Topic to come
Save the Date: 10th Anniversary Washington Green Cemetery Tour
Friday, October 27, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Groups of visitors will meet at the Museum and be led by Tour Guides dressed in vintage attire along a path of 1,000 luminaries through the Cemetery to meet some of Washington's unforgettable residents from the past. Unique, memorable and familiar citizens from the last century will be brought to life by costumed actors who will tell stories of their life; some amusing, some sad, some tragic even horrific!
Cemetery Tour attendees should come to the Gunn Historical Museum and form a line to get numbered tickets for the tours, handed out on a first-come first-serve basis, starting at 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 27, and continuing through the evening until the tickets run out. Tours of the Cemetery depart from the Gunn Museum in groups of eighteen people every eight minutes between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Unfortunately tickets can not be reserved and specific times can't be requested. While there is no fee to attend the Cemetery Tour, donations are greatly appreciated.
A Halloween themed movie will be shown in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library where attendees can wait inside for their tour group to depart. Visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress warmly, and wear comfortable walking shoes. The Gunn Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, at the intersection of Wykeham Road and Route 47, in Washington, Connecticut. Parking at the Gunn is limited, please carpool and use nearby lots and side streets.
The rain date for the Cemetery Tour is Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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