Windsor Historical Society


    
 

 

 

 

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

 

 

May 7, 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.

 

 

May 21, 10 AM to 4 PM

Shad Derby Photo Booth on the Green

To celebrate Windsor's Shad Derby Festival, the Windsor Historical Society will have a photo booth across from the Town Hall on Broad Street Green from 10 AM to 4 PM. Festival goers are encouraged to stop by 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. We will also be displaying exhibit panels telling the history of Broad Street Green. And make sure to follow us on social media that day to see posts from the whole Festival. Come learn about your local history while making memories of your own! See you on the Green!

 

 

May 25, 7 PM to 8 PM

Hartford in World War I with author David Drury. When war was declared in April 1917, Connecticut, an industrial powerhouse, entered the call to arms. Hear about rallies and recruitment drives and the stories of Hartford area men and women who battled in the trenches, in the skies, and on the high seas, volunteered in hospitals and canteens, and produced war materiel. A century later, this legacy of service and sacrifice is acknowledged by local monuments and Memorial Day commemorations.

 

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

 

 

June 4, 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.

 

 

June 4, 8:30 AM to 10 AM

Tour the Farmington River Power Company and Rainbow Fish Ladder

Dams in the Rainbow area have harnessed waterpower from 1825 to this day. Take this rare opportunity to tour the Rainbow Dam and Fish Ladder and the Farmington River Power Company built by Stanley Works in 1925. You will see historic photographs and learn how the turbines and generators work with Don Zessin, Plant Manager. Then view migrating fish, observe how a fish ladder and fish traps operate, and learn more about the habits of migrating fish in Connecticut from State DEEP staff.

 

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

 

Limited enrollment; this program always has a long waiting list, so reserve your spot by June 2 by calling 860-688-3813. Rain or shine, thunderstorm cancels.

 

 

June 11, 11 AM to 4 PM
June 12, 1 PM to 4 PM

Free History Live: At Home with the Howards

As part of Connecticut Open House Day, take this opportunity to step into the past at Windsor Historical Society's unique hands-on Strong-Howard House. Captain Nathaniel Howard and his wife Ann will welcome you into their home and show you around. Browse the goods for sale in their store, help set a table for a family dinner, peek into a high chest, and try out the canopy bed of which they are so proud. Ann's cousins Anna and Samuel Bartlett are visiting and helping with the baking for an upcoming family gathering. Watch and learn about bake-oven and hearth cooking, sample some of Ann's famous shortbread cookies, and take home a recipe or two!

 

Both days FREE!

 

 

June 23, 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee’s Medicinal "Weeds" and Leeches with master gardener and raconteur Gordon Kenneson. 18th-century physician Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee's home on Palisado Green is maintained by Windsor Historical Society as a museum. Learn how Dr. Chaffee would have used mint julep, the heavily-scented four o'clock flower, and poisonous hellebore in his practice. Kenneson will also speculate about whether Dr. Chaffee would have kept company with known Windsor "weeds women."

 

$6 adults, $5 seniors and students, members FREE

 

 

July 9, 10 AM to 11 AM

Bridges and Boats for Kids with Captain Bob

Windsor Historical Society's meeting room and outdoor courtyard will be transformed with boat and ferry models, Legos for building bridges, and outdoor "wading ponds" for a toy balloon boat race. "Captain" Bob Bell leads the fun. He'll show families bridges in our area and different types of boats and how they move. Make a sailor hat, build a bridge, see how the Windsor Locks Canal worked, and race your own balloon-powered boat outside in the courtyard. You may get just a bit wet! Appropriate for families with pre-K through grade 3 children. Limited enrollment.

 

$6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children, $3 members.

 

Make your reservation by July 8 by calling 860-688-3813. Thunderstorm re-schedule date: July 10, 3 PM.

 

 

July 16, 9 AM to 10:30 AM

Windsor Center Sculpture Walking Tour

Walk, bike, or drive to Windsor Center and meet Windsor Historical Society director Christine Ermenc for an in-depth look at the sculptures, monuments, and markers decorating Windsor Center. Modern and historic details will be highlighted on this -mile walk beginning at the pond behind Town Hall on Mechanic Street and ending beside the Windsor Public Library. Can't make it? Explore on your own by visiting TourWindsorCT.org on your mobile device or computer.

 

$6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 members. Thunderstorm re-schedule date: July 17, 2 PM.

 

 

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 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.

 

 

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.

 


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

 

 

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