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Gunn Historical Museum
5 Wykeham Road
P.O. Box 1419
Washington, CT 06793
Telephone: 860-868-7756
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info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org Questions about program registration, ticket sales, gift shop purchases, and general information should be sent to this address.

     Staff:
Louise Van Tartwijk, Museum Director
louise@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org
Questions about membership, fundraisers, monetary donations, bequests, grants, publicity, and the Wash Conn Chronicles should be sent to Louise.
Stephen Bartkus, Curator
curator@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org

Questions about artifact donations, research requests, the museum's collection, volunteering, educational programs, exhibits, and lectures should be sent to Stephen.
Marj Vitz, Curatorial Assistant

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The Centennial Celebration of the Sister Susies Allied Market on Washington Green

Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 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, Connecticut 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 Town's 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:

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 fee 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.

Exhibits & Programs

The museum is currently closed as we work on the collection, pop-up exhibits, and our new permanent Washington history exhibit. Research can be conducted and artifact donations can be made by appointment. Please call 860-868-7756.


Museum's Recurring Program Schedule for 2016

   
"Brownley" at 11 Kirby Road, circa 1900.
Demolished in the 1940s.
Our three popular recurring programs will now rotate monthly. All are welcome to attend and learn about the history of our town at these fun informal gatherings!

Washington History Club in the Morning

Meets the third Monday of the months of September, December, March and June at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington Senior Center to discuss the history of Washington, Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston and Woodville. Share your stories with the group or just listen to the fascinating conversation about our town's past. Bring your photos and objects for show and tell!

Next Meeting: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. - Topic to be Announced

Readings from the Archives of the Gunn Historical Museum

Meets the first Monday of the months of October, January and April at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington Senior Center. Staff present a paper about the history of Washington from the museum's archive, related photos and artifacts from the museum are displayed and a discussion follows.

Next Meeting: Monday, October 3 at 10:00 a.m. - Topic to be Announced

Washington History Club at Night

The Washington History Club at Night is a program of the Gunn Historical Museum and Meets the third Tuesday of the months of November, February and May at 6:30 pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Library to discuss the history of Washington, Washington Depot, Marbledale, New Preston and Woodville. Share your stories with the group or just come and listen to the fascinating conversation about our town's past. Bring your photos and objects for show and tell!

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. - Topic to be Announced


Save the Date! 9th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour

Friday, October 28, 2016

    

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.


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