Wordies will argue over words – for a cause.
On Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 7 p.m., the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society brings you a virtual word-based game show hosted by Merriam-Webster Dictionary Editor Peter Sokolowski.
The museum’s flagship fundraiser, Webster’s War of the Words, features two teams of celebrities engaged in an entertaining battle of words and wits. You will have chances to play the game for prizes and the opportunity to bid on fabulous auction items. Tickets start at $25 at fundraiser.support/warofthewords2022.
This fast-paced and entertaining game show will challenge contestants’ linguistic, literary and cultural knowledge. Join the fun and compete virtually with ‘logophile’ (i.e., word-lover) celebrities, such as Ben Zimmer, linguist, lexicographer and language columnist for the Wall Street Journal. The categories will explore everything from trending words to palindromes and suitcases, while giving contestants plenty of opportunities to show off their wits and wisdom.
In 2021, members of the public gathered virtually from points across the United States and international locations like London and Saskatchewan. As celebrities compete for bragging rights, you can compete for prizes when you enter your answers in the “chat” feature. As always, this hour-long battle of wits will be refereed by the incomparable Peter Sokolowski.
This event would not be possible without the support of gold sponsors Reid & Riege, PC and Tsunami Tsolutions, and silver sponsors Merriam-Webster Inc. and Accounting Resources Inc. For several years, Reid & Riege has supported this event and the historic cemetery of museum. tours. Carrie Samperi, Marketing Manager for Reid & Riege, said, “We appreciate the work the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society does for the community and are grateful to be able to contribute to these efforts. The founders of Reid and Riege felt a strong community commitment which we proudly maintain today, allowing us to continue our annual support of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.
The virtual event on Saturday, May 7, 2022, starting at 7 p.m., will benefit the nonprofit museum. The tickets are available here.
Webster’s War of the Words virtual game show will be hosted using the Zoom webinar. There are several tiers of tickets to choose from, starting with a basic connection for just $25 which gives you full access to the virtual game show and auction. Want to make it a party? Upgrade to “Pregame Party Box for 2” for $100, and you’ll receive a connection to the game show and goodies curated just for you like personalized stemless drink glasses; cocktails (either the Blue Back Spiller with Waypoint Spirits vodka or half a bottle of Prosecco); a selection of savory products for your charcuterie board; and a set of Nothing Bundt Cake, which will open a location in West Hartford in June. If you really want to show your support, purchase a “Collections Conservator” ticket for $250 and your donation will support the preservation of a collectible item for one year while receiving the benefits of the Pregame Party Box for 2 and access to the Show game.
Webster’s War of the Words fundraiser also offers an online auction with fabulous items such as a trip to Nantucket, a South African safari, staycations in Connecticut, tickets to events, art, services, etc.
You do not have to be present to bid. Auctions open on April 20, 2022 and end on the evening of the event.
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 Birthplace of Founding Father Noah Webster, care for collections related to Noah Webster and West Hartford’s Story, interprets and champions Webster’s language and literacy legacy, and hosts engaging events that educate and enrich the lives of many.
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 meant to be American. This National Historic Landmark is also a repository of the history of West Hartford, the community that shaped Noah Webster’s future and continues to thrive more than 250 years later. The historic house and exhibition spaces are open Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more 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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