Olivia Judd has been appointed as The Gunnery's Gunn Scholar for 2013-14.

The Gunn Scholar program is in its 12th year at the Washington prep school. Each year a rising senior is chosen to pursue some subject relating to the history of The Gunnery as a piece of original history research.

Olivia, the daughter of Frederick and Lisa Judd of Litchfield, has chosen famed writer Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher family's relationship with The Gunnery as her topic.

The children of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her brother, Henry Ward Beecher, were students of Frederick Gunn in the 1850s and 1860s.

The Gunns maintained a relationship with the Beecher family well into the 1880s.

Olivia is looking forward to using the original correspondence and documents available in The Gunnery's archives, the archives of the Gunn Memorial Museum, and the extensive collection at the Litchfield Historical Society to fill out the story of this family.

Additionally, Olivia will work with Brian Cofrancesco, program coordinator at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford.