Museum to open World War I exhibit
Updated 9:18 pm, Friday, May 2, 2014
Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington will open its next exhibit, "Over There: Washington and the Great War," with a reception May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Coinciding with the exhibit, a series of World War I programs will be held in the coming months.
The reception will feature several re-enactors portraying soldiers from World War I and the display of one of four Dodge military repair trucks, still known to exist from World War I.
The exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of World War I, one of the largest and bloodiest conflicts in history, where more than 70 million military personnel were mobilized around the world and more than 10 million combatants and seven million civilians were killed, including several from Washington.
More than 100 men and women from Washington, and more than 150 alumni and faculty from the Gunnery, a private school in town, served in World War I.
For the exhibit, letters, pictures and an array of period artifacts from the museum, local families, and collectors, including Peter Tragni and Dr. Robert Jacobs, among others, are used to explore the dramatic experiences of Washington's soldiers, along with the extensive support efforts that were happening on the home front in Washington through such organizations as the Sister Susie Society, the Red Cross, the Women's Land Army and the Home Guard.
Upcoming programs will include a reading of "The Sister Susie Society 1914-18," written by Dorothy Abbot Loomis and Edith Rossiter Bevan in 1930 May 5 at 10 a.m.; "To End All Wars: Music of World War I," a program of well-known and obscure songs of the period by Rick Spencer May 18 at 1 p.m.; a Holiday House history hike with museum curator Stephen Bartkus June 21 at 1 p.m.; "Assassination: 100 Years Later," a program with Dr. Michael Nolan about the contentious years leading up to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austrian Empire, how the events of that day unfolded, and the impact the resulting war had on the 20th century, June 28 at 11 a.m.; and screenings of "The African Queen," "A Farewell to Arms," Fly Boys" and "War Horse" July 14 and 28 and Aug. 11 and 25 at 1 p.m.
All programs will be held at the museum, except for the May 5 program, which will be held at the senior center in Bryan Plaza, and the June 21 hike, which will be held at Steep Rock Preserve in town.
The exhibit will be on view through Jan. 18 at the Wykeham Road museum, which is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 860-868-7756 or visit www.gunnlibrary.org.