Gunn Historical Museum wins awards for ‘American Story’ exhibit

The Gunn Historical Museum in Washington has been recognized with three awards for its exhibit, “Washington Connecticut - An American Story.”

WASHINGTON — The Gunn Historical Museum was recently recognized with three awards for their exhibit, Washington Connecticut - An American Story. This innovative work designed by SandorMax, and made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, was created by museum staff and volunteers and shares the story of the unique people, places, and events that have shaped Washington’s rich history.

“We are very proud to have our exhibit ‘Washington Connecticut - An American Story’ recognized for three prestigious local and national awards,” said board president Sal Sorce. “The awards reflect the exceptional skills, knowledge and enthusiasm of a committed project team. We hope the exhibit excites our visitors with the many wonderful stories and artifacts that comprise Washington's rich history.”

]The AASLH Leadership in History Awards is the nation’s most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in state and local history, according to a statement. The awards program encourages standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of history throughout the United States, and the winners represent the best in the field. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Award winners serve as models and inspiration for others.

The Connecticut League of History Organizations: 2020 Award of Merit The Connecticut League of History Organizations presents Awards of Merit to institutions and individuals who demonstrate the highest of professional standards and who enhance and further the understanding of Connecticut history. The purpose of the Awards of Merit is to recognize the care, thought and effort invested in these contributions and to inspire and encourage others by acknowledging exceptional contributions to state and local history.

The CLHO Awards Committee said of the exhibit: “We are impressed with the Gunn Museum’s well-developed research process and involvement of the community in formulating the exhibition’s content. The result was a thoughtful, comprehensive history of the town of Washington that connected this one place with the larger American story in meaningful ways.”

Graphic Design USA: 2019 American Graphic Design Award Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) is a leading organization for the design industry whose mission is to identify and showcase best practices and exemplary design in all forms. Headquartered on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, GDUSA highlights organizations who have demonstrated design excellence on a national level. Of the 10,000 entries submitted in 2019, a highly selective 10 percent were chosen as a winner. The Gunn Historical Museum’s exhibit, created by design agency SandorMax, was awarded the 2019 GDUSA Design Award for Exhibit Design excellence.

The Gunn Historical Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road in Washington, CT. The Museum is reopening to the public on June 20. The exhibit can be viewed by appointment on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All visitors are required to wear face masks, and the number of people in your group should be no more than five. To schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call the museum at 860-868-7756 or email info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org.

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