On Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. EDT the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society brings you Webster’s War of the Words. This virtual, word-based game show features two teams of celebrity contestants engaged in an entertaining battle of words and wit. Before watching our contestants compete, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on fabulous auction items. Tickets start at $25 at fundraiser.support/warofthewords2023.
This fast-paced and entertaining game show will challenge contestants’ knowledge of language, literature, and culture. Join the fun and compete virtually against celebrity ‘logophiles’ (i.e. word-lovers), such as Ben Zimmer, linguist, lexicographer, and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Categories will explore everything from trending words to palindromes and portmanteaus, all while allowing the contestants’ ample opportunity to show off their wit and wisdom. As always, this hour-long battle of wits will be refereed by the incomparable Peter Sokolowski.
There are several ticket levels to choose from starting with a basic login for just $25 that gives you full access to the virtual game show and auction. Want to make it a party? Join us in person at the museum to watch it all go down! For $50, you can arrive at 6:00 p.m. EDT to enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres with friends. We will be streaming the Kentucky Derby before The Game Show begins streaming live at 7:00 p.m. EDT. There will be beer, wine, and the signature Blue Backed Spiller. Food and one drink is included. 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 and access to the Virtual Game Show.
The Webster’s War of the Words fundraiser also features an online auction with fabulous items to bid on. You do not have to attend to bid. Bidding opens soon and closes 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 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.