The Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington 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 I this year.

The 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 World War I program series, as well as an ongoing history project with students in The Gunnery's Artifacts and Archives class.

"The exhibit is the most impressive I have seen outside of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City," said Dr. Robert G. Carroon, senior vice commander of the Order of the First World War.

"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," he said.

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 World War I. Their mission is patriotic, historical and educational.

For details or to view the exhibit, call the Wykeham Road museum at 860-868-7756 or visit the exhibit Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. through Jan. 18.