Windsor Historical Society


 
 

 

Summer-Fall 2016 Calendar

 

*All programs are held at the Windsor Historical Society unless noted otherwise.

 

 

August 6, 9 AM to 11 AM

Learn-and-Play First Saturday!

Have you wanted to visit but can’t wait until we open at 11 AM? Bring the whole crew on the second Saturday of September, and from 9 to 11 AM enjoy our Windsor history galleries and Hands-on-History Learning Center at your own pace. Meet other families, try out our new train table, build something spectacular with Legos, "milk" Flavia the cow, don colonial costumes and "cook" up a feast!

 

At 10 AM, "Captain Bob" Bell will visit and show you how and why bridges are built, and how boats work. Build your own Duplo bridge, decorate a sailor hat, and see a demonstration of a balloon-powered boat. Purchase your own balloon boat for $3 for hours of backyard pool and bathtub fun. Perfect for even the youngest learners (crawling is encouraged)!

 

Regular house tours of our completely hands-on Strong-Howard House will still be held at 11 AM and 1 PM.

 

Windsor history galleries and Hands-on-History Learning Center: FREE (as always)
Strong-Howard House: children 12 and under, teachers, and members are FREE, adults $8, students and seniors $6.
Admission covers the whole day if you decide to stay.

 

 

August 19, 6 PM to 8 PM

Historic Libations

Start your weekend with a cultural twist! What did Connecticut's seafarers imbibe onboard and onshore? Strong rum punch. Gin-crazed city-dwellers? A gin-sling. Come sample these concoctions as well as a wine-based Alderman and a cider-based Stone-Fence while enjoying the Windsor Historical Society's outdoor garden and Strong-Howard House. Society Archivist Michelle Tom will briefly regale you with the origins of these concoctions and provide the recipes. 21 and up only.

 

$20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 members.

 

 

September 6 to September 20

Insta-Icon Photo Contest

Windsor is full of iconic places. Capture your favorite and enter our Insta-Icon Photo Contest.

 

Enter by:

1) following us on Instagram @windsorhistoricalsociety, then

2) make your profile public, and

3) tag your photo with #windsorcticon.

 

You’ll be entered automatically for a chance to win a tote bag and one-year family membership to the Windsor Historical Society. Staff will judge from among photos submitted, and the winning entries will be featured on the Society’s new "Windsor Icons" poster!

 

Winners will be announced on September 26th on the Society’s Instagram account. Submission of an entry constitutes warranty of originality and non-infringement, as well as permission for Windsor Historical Society to publish the entry in print, online, and social media.

 

 

September 10, 9 AM to 11 AM

Learn-and-Play SECOND Saturday!

Have you wanted to visit but can’t wait until we open at 11 AM? Bring the whole crew on the first Saturday of the month, and from 9 to 11 AM, enjoy our Windsor history galleries and Hands-on-History Learning Center at your own pace. Meet other families, try out our new train table, build something spectacular with Legos, "milk" Flavia the cow, don colonial costumes and "cook" up a feast! Scavenger hunts are available, and we'll read a story together at 10 AM. Perfect for even the youngest learners (crawling is encouraged)!

 

Windsor history galleries and Hands-on-History Learning Center: FREE (as always) Strong-Howard House: children 12 and under, teachers, and members are FREE, adults $8, students and seniors $6.
Admission covers the whole day if you decide to stay.

 

 

September 17, 10 AM to 4 PM

Photo Booth at the Northwest Park Country Fair

Fair goers are encouraged to stop by the Society’s booth and try out our life-size historic photos with head cut-outs. Volunteers will be assisting with photographs. Windsorites and tourists can participate in a seven-question Trivia Contest with a chance to win a tote bag and one-year family membership to the Society. Come learn about your local history while making memories of your own!

 

 

September 20, 10 AM to 11:30 AM

September 27, 10 AM to 11:30 AM

October 4, 10 AM to 11:30 AM

Volunteer Guide Training

Are you a people person who loves history? Would you like to give tours to adults and/or school children? Learn more about Windsor Historical Society and Windsor’s long and fascinating history on three consecutive Tuesday mornings.

 

Session 1 (9/20/16): Introduction to the Society. Explore our library, Windsor history galleries, and Palisado Green, the heart of historic Windsor.

 

Session 2 (9/27/16): Guiding in the Strong-Howard House. Find out why people love this house and see for yourself why it has won local, state, and national awards.

 

Session 3 (10/4/16): Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee’s House and WHS’s educational trunks and programs. Learn more about this doctor, his medical practice, the enslaved African Americans who kept the household running, and the Society’s education programs on Colonial and Native American Life and the American Revolution.

 

 

September 28, 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Timely Topics: Connecticut Voting and Politics, Then and Now

Does it seem like the gulf between Democrats and Republicans is at an all-time high? Do you ever wonder why campaigning can’t happen inside a polling place? Or when women and minorities got the right to vote?

 

Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward will talk about key political regulatory laws and transitions occurring in Connecticut over the past four centuries, setting the stage for Mary Kelling and Agnes Pier from Windsor’s League of Women Voters and Windsor Registrars of Voters’ Karen Andrews and Anita Mips. Our local experts will discuss current elections regulations, how election days in Windsor have changed over the past few decades, and how national and state elections affect local elections and local budgets. After the panel discussion, plenty of time will be available for questions from the audience.

 

$6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 members.

 

 

October 1, 9 AM to 11 AM

Learn-and-Play First Saturday!

Have you wanted to visit but can’t wait until we open at 11 AM? Bring the whole crew on the first Saturday of the month, and from 9 to 11 AM, enjoy our Windsor history galleries, Hands-on-History Learning Center, and the completely hands-on Strong-Howard House. Scavenger hunts are available, and you can explore at your own pace. Perfect for even the youngest learners (crawling is encouraged), we’ll have guides nearby to answer questions you might have as you play.

 

Windsor history galleries and Hands-on-History Learning Center: FREE (as always)
Strong-Howard House: children 12 and under, teachers, and members are FREE, adults $8, students and seniors $6.
Admission covers the whole day if you decide to stay.

 

 

October 11 to November 15 (six Tuesday sessions) , 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

From Memory to Memoir: Writing Your Life Story

Remember your parents’ and grandparents’ stories of growing up? Turn memories of significant events in your life into a memoir for posterity. Learn where to start, how to get organized and keep going until your finish. Get tips on pictures and documents to include and how to self-publish your story. No previous writing experience required. Susan Omilian has been encouraging and guiding budding memoir writers for many years.

 

October 11: Why You Want to Write Your Life Story and Quieting Your Inner Critic

October 18: Mining a Childhood Memory for the Jewels, Working with Memories

October 25: Focusing on Defining Moments

November 1: Deciding Theme and Structure for your Life Story

November 8: Using Pictures, Documents and the Rest

November 15: Editing your Memoir, Preparing it for Publication, Tips on Self-Publishing

 

$75 for six session course. Class size is limited.

 

 

October 27, 7 PM to 8 PM

One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging

With local author Beth Caruso. Decades before Salem’s witch hysteria, Windsor’s Alice Young was the first person to be executed for witchcraft in the American colonies. For her 2015 publication, now in its second printing, author Beth Caruso combed land and vital records to build an evocative picture of Alice and the world she inhabited. Join Caruso for a book talk and signing to learn about the 1647 event and its ramifications on later witch trials throughout New England.

 

$6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 members.

 

 

November 5, 10 AM to noon; 1 PM to 4 PM

Apple Pie Celebration

Visit our hands-on Strong Howard House and savor delicious smells of apple pies and apple butter. Our experienced hearth cooker will be happy to share her secrets with you. In our Hands-On-History Learning Center, taste different varieties of apples, complete a simple apple craft and prepare your own delicious fall treat with dough, apples, and spices. You’ll leave with your own tart, instructions for baking it at home, as well as an historic recipe for apple pie. Reserve your spot by Friday, November 4.

 

$6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 members.

 

 

November 6, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

A Ride to Remember: Bus Tour of Windsor’s Town Center

With Windsor historian Beverly Garvan. Why did the Town Center develop the way it did and how did it look in the 1950s? Hop on a school bus and find out. Each participant will receive a packet of historic maps, photographs, and images from Windsor Historical Society collections to compare with the features they see as the tour progresses. Thanks to historian Beverly Garvan’s research, you will learn the history behind Broad Street Green and Loomis Chaffee School, and see how rivers, streams, Indian trails, and railroads shaped settlement.

 

Spaces are limited! Reserve your spot by Friday, November 4. School bus will meet participants at the Society.

 

$12 adults, $11 seniors and students, $10 members.

 

 

November 19, 6 PM to 9 PM

Festive Pre-Holiday Auction

Windsor Historical Society’s festive Pre-Holiday Auction at The Lodge on Deerfield Road provides the perfect opportunity to find great holiday gifts and getaways for someone you love, sponsor free admission to the Society, or make the holidays special for a Windsor family in need!

 

Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 day of auction, and cover a delicious buffet dinner, beer, and wine.

 

To purchase your tickets or offer an auction donation, call 860-688-3813 or email info@windsorhistoricalsociety.org.

 


Windsor Historical Society    ♦    96 Palisado Avenue    ♦    Windsor, CT 06095    ♦    860-688-3813    ♦    info@windsorhistoricalsociety.org

 

 

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