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Sunday August 28, 2016 Go To Top
    Contact: Louise van Tartwijk, Museum Director   860-868-7756


Sunday, August 28, 2016

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Three months after The Great War (WWI) began in Europe, a group of women living around the town green in Washington, Ct. decided to change the focus of their reading and sewing circle to an active society working to support the allied countries in Europe who were involved in this conflict.  They called themselves the Sister Susies using a popular war song, “Sister Susie Sewing Shirts for Soldiers” as the inspiration for the name of their new organization.

At first the women received contributions of money and clothing from Washington residents but in the spring of 1915, they broadened their plans for fund-raising.  They held card parties, encouraged the Towns’ churches to take up special collections and installed donation boxes at local business sites.  These efforts enabled the Society to buy necessary supplies and to send money to various war relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, American Girl’s Aid, the Polish Relief Fund and the Belgian Relief Fund.  In the spring of 1916, they even undertook the support of a Belgian war orphan named Daniel Bataille.

As the war continued, the Sister Susies expanded their membership to include the entire town of Washington.  Local citizens were enthusiastic and supportive and subsequent events raised additional funds.  One significant bazaar called the “Allied Market” was held on the Town Green in August of 1916.  It featured Sister Susie volunteers dressed in ethnic costumes of the allied nations in Europe at “farm-stands” where they sold produce, wares and trinkets native to those countries.  Games, contests, food and musical entertainment were also offered to the large number of attendees.

On Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Gunn Historical Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the “Allied Market” and, through the generous support of the Connecticut Community Foundation, recreate this historic community event held a century ago on the Washington Green.  

Four farm stands representing the countries of Italy, France, Belgium and Britain will sell local fresh vegetables and fruit from Averill, Waldingfield, Kimberly, and Ox Hollow Farms with other  vendors offering an additional assortment of specialty items.  These will include:  oils & balsamic vinegars from The Olive Oil Factory;  jams, chutneys, pickles & sauces by New Preston Provisions;  delicious Unsurpassed Chocolate Sauces, Anne Kelly’s home-made granolas;  natural yarns and textiles from Siren’s Song Yarns & Fibers;  the unique collections and accessories of La Petite Stationery;  home-made, scented soaps & lotions by The Raven & The Rose;  Everything Botanical’s garden plants & designs,  the ceramic artistry of Bell Hill Pottery and vintage clothing & accessories from Lovely Louise. 

The day’s entertainment schedule includes:

11:30 am - Rick Spencer’s musical program, “To End all Wars:  Songs of the First World War”

1:00 pm - Pie-eating contests for children, teens and adults

1:30 pm - Special Tug-of-War with teams from Washington town groups and businesses

2:00 pm - Three-legged races

2:00 pm - Drawing of wonderful vendor gift baskets

2:30 pm - Water balloon toss that will help to cool off and end the day

An old-fashioned picnic-type lunch with ice-cream and lemonade will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon.

All are welcome to attend and experience this historical event. There is no entrance cost and everyone is encouraged to dress in period costume!

The Sister Susies Allied Market will take place on Washington Green, at 6 Kirby Road in Washington, CT on August 28, 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Please contact the Gunn Historical Museum for information at  -  860-868-7756 – 

    Location: Washington Green
Thursday September 1, 2016 Go To Top
lib_book_signing 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM NY Times Best Selling Kennedy Author, Barbara Leaming     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Named as one of Litchfield County’s Most Influential People in 2016, New York Times bestselling author, Barbara Leaming of Kent, CT, offers a talk and signing of her recently published book, Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter

The brief life of Kathleen Kennedy (always Kick) could have come from the pens of Henry James, Shakespeare or Wagner. An American heiress transplanted to the Old World, finding herself surrounded by aristocratic suitors; a blossoming romance in the face of dynastic disapproval; an illicit passion doomed to end in tragedy.

When Joe Kennedy arrived in London in 1938, as the US Ambassador to the Court of St James, with his wife, Rose, and their nine children, Life magazine declared that the United Kingdom had got "eleven ambassadors for the price of one". Toothsome, tanned and slim, these escapees from sectarian Boston soon conquered Britain, particularly the Golden Trio: Joe Junior, Jack and Kick – but especially Kick, whose unaffected, life-enhancing spirit enchanted the scions of noble strongholds from Hatfield House and Hardwick Hall, to Cliveden and Cortachy Castle. She soon captured the heart of Billy, Marquess of Hartington, model heir to the 10th Duke of Devonshire.

Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously-unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy, that has now disappeared forever. It was a world of dukes and duchesses, of grand houses, of country house weekends, and of wild rich boys. But it was also a world of blood and war, and of immeasurable loss. 

Barbara Leaming has written three New York Times bestsellers, including her recent book "Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis". Leaming's book "Churchill Defiant" received The Emery Reves Award from the International Churchill Centre. Her groundbreaking biography of America's 35th President, "Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman" was the first to detail the lifelong influence of British history and culture and especially of Winston Churchill on JFK. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, the Times of London and other periodicals.

Hickory Stick Bookstore will provide books for purchase and signing.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Saturday September 3, 2016 -  Saturday October 15, 2016 Go To Top
misc_none 9:30 AM  -  5:00 PM Tom Pearsall: Paintings and Drawings - MODERN MEETS TRADITIONAL     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Sharon Morrissey   8608687586


Tom Pearsall Exhibit Opens September 3rd at the Stairwell Gallery


A new collection of paintings and drawings by Washington artist Tom Pearsall brings together the artist’s dual interests in both modern and traditional motifs. The exhibit will be on display in the Stairwell Gallery at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT from September 3 through October 15 and there will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, September 3 from 12 to 2PM.

Pearsall earned a BA in history from the University of North Carolina, followed by a BA from Parsons School of Design and an MA from Pratt Institute. Additionally, he attended the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and has studied with Karen O’Neal, Christy Gallagher and Joel Spector.

“Having been trained and employed by modern architects, I developed a preference for representational minimalism,” Pearsall explains. “Since then, I have become more interested in traditional drawing and painting. In particular, some of my favorite artists are French and American impressionists.”

His exhibit may be viewed during library hours. For further information please call (860) 868-7586 or email The Gunn Memorial Library is located at 5 Wykham Road at the juncture of Route 47 opposite the Green in Washingon, CT. For library hours and to learn more about Gunn’s programs and events visit

Thursday September 8, 2016 Go To Top
misc_frog 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Wildlife & CT's Changing Landscape     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Nora Hulton, Connecticut Certified Master Wildlife Conservationist and science and math teacher at Washington Montessori School, will deliver a discussion and visual presentation entitled Wildlife and CT’s Changing Landscape.

Landscapes are dynamic ecosystems. Connecticut’s landscape has changed through the centuries, from almost all forest in the 1600s to cleared land by the mid-1800s. Presently, Connecticut is about 60 percent forest. As the landscape changed in Connecticut so did the wildlife populations that depend on the land for habitat. This presentation describes the history of Connecticut’s landscape and the impact of change on wildlife populations. 

Ms. Hulton will include a brief natural history of Connecticut, address the current state of wildlife including a discussion of major species, factors affecting their habitats, some challenges we face in managing them, and provide suggestions for what people can do to make a difference.  Several animal pelts and skulls will be on display.  Questions and comments will be welcomed.

    Location: Wykeham Room
Thursday September 29, 2016 Go To Top
med_caduceus 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Understanding Medicare Basics w/ Margaret Ackley     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Margaret Ferguson   860-868-7586

Licensed Health Insurance Professional, Margaret Foran Ackley will deliver an informative presentation on Understanding Medicare Basics.

This program is designed to help learn the basics of Medicare and aid in making informed health care decisions. It will detail different parts of the program, eligibility requirements and enrollment windows.  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about coverage options and finding coverage that best meets their health and financial needs. Appropriate for those applying for the first time or for members considering their current coverage.  Each attendee will receive a copy an easy-to-use reference guide for understanding Medicare options and Medicare frequently used language. 

    Location: Wykeham Room
Friday October 7, 2016 Go To Top
food_wineglass.GIF 6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM Antiques & Design Preview Night     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wendy Rhodes   860-868-7586

Washington CT Antiques & Design guests have the opportunity for advance buying at the Preview Night cocktail party. Mix with old friends and new surrounded by exceptional antiques and contemporary collectibles. Call for reservations: 860-868-7586.

Saturday October 8, 2016 Go To Top
misc_fleur_de_lys 10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM Washington CT Antiques & Design Show     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wendy Rhodes   860-868-7586

Outstanding designer showcases of antiques and collectibles will be on display at the Washington Primary School, 11 School Street, Washington Depot, CT.

food_wineglass.GIF 6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM Antiques & Design Young Collectors Party     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wendy Rhodes   860-868-7586

The Washington CT Antiques & Design Show continues with a special party for young collectors. See and be seen at our signature event in an alluring setting of curated treasures and modern curiosities from around the world. Call for reservations: 860-868-7586.

Sunday October 9, 2016 Go To Top
misc_fleur_de_lys 10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Washington CT Antiques & Design Show     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Wendy Rhodes   860-868-7586

Outstanding designer showcases of antiques and collectibles will be on display at the Washington Primary School, 11 School Street, Washington Depot, CT.

Friday October 28, 2016 Go To Top
holiday_ghost 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM 9th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour     Tell a Friend
    Contact: Stephen Bartkus, Museum Curator   860-868-7756

Save the Date

The Gunn Historical Museum’s 9th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour will take place on Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Costumed tour guides will lead groups of visitors from the Gunn Museum to the Washington Green Cemetery where the town's departed citizens will be stationed at their graves to tell their tales of tragedy and triumph. Tour groups will follow a magical path of 1,000 luminarias spanning a quarter-mile through the shadowy cemetery and hear the lively and dramatic stories of Washington's past residents.

Meet at the Gunn Historical Museum and form a line. Numbered tickets for the tours will be handed out at the Gunn Museum first come first serve starting at 6:15 p.m. and continue through the night until the tickets run out. Tours of the cemetery depart from the Gunn Museum in groups of eighteen people every eight minutes between 6:30-8:30 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. The last tour group departs from the Museum at 8:30 p.m. 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.

The cemetery is dark and everyone is encouraged to bring a flashlight. While this event is free, donations are appreciated. The rain date is Sunday, October 30, 2016. 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.

    Location: Museum
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