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Frederick Gunn: An American Original

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Online via Zoom

The Gunn Historical Museum’s Guest Lecture Series resumes, please join us on zoom with guest lecturers Peter Becker, Bart McMann, and Emily Gum of The Frederick Gunn School. This presentation is being co-sponsored by the Gunn Historical Museum and The Frederick Gunn School.

It is the rare man who leads enslaved people to freedom and corresponds with Harriet Beecher Stowe, appears in the first known photograph of a baseball game, and is acknowledged as the founder of the American camping movement – all in addition to starting a school with a pioneering point of view about education and character development. A man of principle, Frederick Gunn was also a man of action. He was a leader of the Underground Railroad, guiding runaway enslaved people by night one step closer to Canada and freedom. His willingness to break the law in pursuit of right earned him the enmity of many. But others admired him. Mr. Gunn also welcomed the wider world to his school. He opened his arms to students who made the long ocean voyage from China, setting a precedent in 19th century, rural New England. Inclusiveness did not end there: he welcomed African American and Native American students as well. Girls from Washington and nearby towns took lessons, which was uncommon at the time.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for this free virtual program. Visit the Gunn Museum’s registration page to sign up:

For more information about this lecture and the others scheduled for fall 2021, visit or contact the Gunn Historical Museum in Washington, CT at 860-868-7756 or


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