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Homegrown Hero:

The Life of Benjamin Delaheuf Foulois


Tom Burger will give the free presentation, “Homegrown Hero: The Life of Benjamin Delaheuf Foulois” on Sunday, December, 21 at 1:00 pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum in Washington, Connecticut.


Benjamin Foulois is of one of Washington’s most famous residents. Growing up in Washington, and attending The Gunnery, Benjamin Foulois always had a thirst for adventure and glory. While being expected to enter the family plumbing business, Ben ran away from Washington, enlisted in the military, and left his mark by becoming the Chief of the Army Air Corps in World War One, a leader in the creation of the Air Force, and most importantly, the first military aviator in the United States Armed Forces. The contributions of General Benjamin Foulois are still visible today, in both his small hometown of Washington, Connecticut and especially in the world of military aviation.


Tom Burger is a Sophomore at Indiana University, a member of The Gunnery Class of 2013, and was Gunn Scholar for the 2012-2013 academic year. Tom has held a lifelong interest in history, stemming from his relation to Civil War General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and was greatly influenced by the contributions of his grandfather, Bill Malone. Tom now lives in Chicago, Illinois, has continued his love of history by choosing a History Major at Indiana University, holds many philanthropic and leadership positions in the Bloomington, Indiana community, and is a brother of the Delta Chi Fraternity.

The exhibit, Over There: Washington and The Great War, will also be open for viewing in the Gunn Museum from 12-4pm, the day of this presentation. The exhibit shares the story of Washington, Connecticut’s contributions to WWI. The exhibit and associated programs are supported in part by a grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation.

Admission to the presentation and exhibit is free. The snow date is Sunday, December 28. The Gunn Library and Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, at the intersection of Wykeham Road and Rt. 47, on Washington Green. Call the Museum at 860-868-7756 or view www.gunnlibrary.org for more information.