History Bites

Each spring ten heritage sites throughout Northwestern Connecticut present History Bites, a series of weekly lunchtime programs designed to bring topics of local history to the attention of the regional community. The lunchtime series is be hosted on Thursdays between April and June from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided by the hosting organization. Lectures are free and open to the public. History Bites is sponsored in part by the Connecticut Community Foundation.

The theme for this year’s lecture series is “Digging Deeper” and delves into the stories preserved in the objects and histories contained in each institution’s collections…

Thursday, May 18, 2017
The Role of Religion at The Gunnery 1850-2016
Speaker: Claire Lee, Gunn Scholar 2017

Lecture Site:
Gunn Memorial Library and Museum
Wykeham Room, Gunn Library
5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT
860-868-7756                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Parking is limited at the Gunn, please carpool.

Gunnery’s Gunn Scholar, Claire Lee, will explore the influence, or lack thereof, of religion, both organized and cultural, at The Gunnery. Beginning with founder Frederick Gunn, who declined to join the socially powerful Congregational Church in the 1840s and wrote of his profound religious beliefs, Claire will trace religious practices and beliefs at the independent school through the administrations of each of the 11 headmasters.