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Webster’s War of the Words to Attract National Participation

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The Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society to host annual game show on virtual platform.

Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large at Merriam-Webster, Inc
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The museum’s signature fundraiser, Webster’s War of the Wordsis back! After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is delighted to again be presenting this smart and funny word-based game show hosted by Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Editor at Large, Peter Sokolowski.

Join us for this virtual event on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. that will benefit the not-for-profit museum.  One advantage of hosting virtual events is that contestants (and guests) can join in the fun from across the country! This year’s contestants will be joining us from far and wide. On the Blue Team, returning guest Ben Zimmer, linguist, lexicographer, and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal will join forces with Dr. Nicole Holliday, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, and Will ShortzNew York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor & NPR Puzzlemaster. On the Red Team, Mignon Fogarty, founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network and creator of Grammar Girl, will work with fellow West Coaster David Kwong, magician, writer, producer, and New York Times crossword puzzle constructor, and Canadian linguist Gretchen McCulloch, resident linguist at WIRED and co-creator of the podcast Lingthusiasm.

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You won’t want to miss these ‘logophiles’ (i.e. word-lovers) in action! The hour-long battle of wits will be refereed by the incomparable Peter Sokolowski with opportunities for YOU to play along and win prizes! There are three ticket levels to choose from starting at just $20. Our entry-level ticket gives you access to the Webster’s War of the Words Virtual Game Show.  Want to make it a party? Upgrade to “Pregame Party Box for 2”: for $100, you’ll receive  a box of savory treats for two from Doro Marketplace and ingredients for our signature “Blue Backed Spiller” cocktail, featuring Waypoint Spirits to enjoy while you pregame it or during the Webster’s War of the Words game show. If you really want to show your support, purchase a “Collections Conservator” ticket for $250 and your donation will support the preservation of one collection item for a year, while you also receive the perks of the Pregame Party Box and access to the Virtual Game Show.

The Webster’s War of the Words fundraiser also features an online auction with fabulous items. Trips to Nantucket, Vermont, and Florida, staycations right here in Connecticut, and beautiful book-themed gift baskets with unique items galore – you’ll want to visit the online auction again and again. New items will be posted on Wednesdays leading up to the event. You can start bidding now at https://bit.ly/3yloeKu.

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Whether you attend the event, purchase an item in the auction, or make a donation, your contribution will help the museum preserve the 300-year-old National Historic Landmark birthplace of founding father Noah Webster, care for collections related to Noah Webster and West Hartford history, interpret and champion Webster’s legacy of language and literacy, and host engaging events that educate and enrich the lives of many.

This event would not be possible without the support of gold sponsors Reid & Riege, P.C. and Tsunami Tsolutions.

Webster’s War of the Words will take place virtually on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. EDT. Tickets are currently available for the event and can be purchased at fundraiser.support/noahwebsterhouse. Webster’s War of the Words Virtual Game Show will be hosted using Zoom Webinar. The Webinar link will be included in your ticket receipt. Depending on your ticket level, a portion of your ticket is tax-deductible.

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is a cultural destination where citizens can learn to understand and appreciate the past. The museum preserves the birthplace of Noah Webster, the founding father, educator, author, and lexicographer who taught generations of Americans what it means to be American. This National Historic Landmark is also a repository for the history of West Hartford, the community that molded Noah Webster’s future and is still thriving over 250 years later. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open Tuesday through Saturday 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org or call 860-521-5362.

The museum would like to thank the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for their continued support.

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