The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, will offer a presentation, “The Role of Religion at The Gunnery, 1850-2016,” May 18 at noon.

The program, to be held at Gunn Memorial Library on Wykeham Road, is part of the “History Bites” series.

Claire Lee, a 2016-17 Gunn Scholar, 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.

Drawing a distinction between moral and spiritual influences and the religious practices at the school, Claire has spoken with living alumni and heads of school, and explored correspondence, newspapers, and school publications in the process of her research.

The theme for this year’s lecture series, sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation, is “Digger Deeper.”

For more information and registration, call 860-868-7756.