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



Saturday, September 5

Closed for Labor Day weekend.


September 10       7 PM to 8 PM

Rediscovering the Old Connecticut Path at Windsor Historical Society.

The years 1635-1636 saw two groups of pioneers set out on a journey west from the Massachusetts Bay through the unsettled wilderness to build new lives in the Connecticut Valley.  The Dorchester Company led by Roger Ludlow and John Warham, and the Newtown congregation led by Reverend Thomas Hooker followed Indian trails along what came to be known as the Old Connecticut Path.  Today the Path is hidden in plain sight, ready to be rediscovered for its historic importance and natural beauty.  Jason Newton’s fascinating presentation will connect the story of the Path and the people who followed it to Connecticut with our history.  Rediscover the Path for yourselves and find the wild places open for hiking and exploration across Massachusetts and Connecticut. Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 WHS and First Church members. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.


September 12       9 AM to 5 PM

Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking Open House.   The CVSW and Windsor Historical Society have partnered to produce reproduction furniture for the Strong-Howard House. Visit our booth on Saturday the 12th at the CVSW in Manchester to learn the latest on the Strong-Howard House Project. While you’re there, enjoy the woodworking demonstrations, antique tool dealers, and exhibit of student-made furniture. The Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking is located behind Woodcraft at 249 Spencer Street, Manchester, CT.  Cost: FREE. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or the School of Woodworking at


September 20       1 PM - 4 PM

Antiques Appraisal Day at Windsor Historical Society.   Enjoy an “Antiques Road Show” type event.   For $5 per artifact, experts associated with Nadeau’s Auction Gallery and their colleagues appraise manuscripts, and paper goods, clothing and textiles, furniture, glass and ceramics, metal goods, toys and jewelry.  Limit:  Five artifacts per person.   860/688-3813 for more information.


September 22       9 AM to 12 PM

Calling All Guides: Windsor Historical Society Volunteer TrainingAll current and prospective volunteers are encouraged to attend a fascinating training session in the Strong-Howard House. Learn the ins and outs of the Howard family’s Keeping Room and Pantry in advance of the public opening. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: FREE. Please RSVP by Friday, September 18th to Christina Vida at or 860-688-3813.


October 4       1:30 PM to 4 PM

FREE: The Grand Re-Opening of Windsor Historical Society’s Strong-Howard House.   Be one of the first to experience Windsor Historical Society’s newly reopened Keeping Room and Pantry which completes the restoration!  See hearth cooking in process and examine food preparation and storage tools used by Ann Howard. Take a seat in the parlor or at the dining table, examine bolts of fine fabric and millinery goods in the story, try out a four-poster bed, and pull some clothing out of the high chest or mending basket to try on.  At 1:00, hear briefly from Curator Christina Vida and contractor John Armstrong about the restoration and view the official ribbon-cutting ceremonies.   Enjoy cake, punch and some foods of the period. Try some period games such as graces and rolling hoops, and take home a keepsake tour booklet. Cost:  FREE.  For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.


Saturday, October 10

Closed for Columbus Day weekend.


October 13       6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

From Memory to Memoir:  Writing Your Life Story at Windsor Historical Society’s Research Library. 

Session 1 of 6:  Why You Want to Write Your Life Story and Quieting Your Inner Critic.  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.  Sessions follow on October 20 (Mining a Childhood Memory for the Jewels, Working with Memories), October 27 (Focusing on Defining Moments), November 3 (Deciding Theme and Structure for your Life Story), November 10 (Using Pictures, Documents and the Rest), and November 17 (Editing your Memoir, Preparing it for Publication, Tips on Self-Publishing).  COST: $75 for six session course. Class size is limited.   For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813. 


October 16       5 PM

Windsor Historical Society’s Significant Objects Writing Contest Submission Deadline. The mystery of the shoe buckle found buried underneath the Howards’ fireplace is the subject of this year’s writing contest. Archaeologists uncovered the silvered shoe buckle dating to the late 1700s as part of the Strong-Howard House renovations, but questions still remain. Why was this fancy item in a pit? Where is its mate? Who did it belong to? Authors must intertwine the shoe buckle and Windsor in a 500-word submission in any genre (creative fiction, poetry, non-fiction, letter, etc.). Submissions will be accepted anytime until Friday, October 16th at 5 p.m., then reviewed by the Society and judged based on creative use of language, Windsor connections, and overall quality. All entries will be displayed in the Society’s Meeting Room. Five writings will be selected for a public reading inside the Strong-Howard House on Sunday, November 1st at 2 PM. Awards of $100 will be given for the best adult (over 18) and the top student (18 and under) submissions.   Email your submission to Christina Vida at For more information, criteria, and contest details, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.


October 21       7 – 8 PM

In Search of the 1757 Meetinghouse:  How a Bridge Divided then Reunited First Church at Windsor Historical Society.  All that remains of the 1757 meetinghouse today is the cornerstone on the northeast corner of the iconic 1794 Meetinghouse that anchors Palisado Green.  For the past year, Al Boehm has combed through the archives, exploring town and church records, highway records, and correspondence in a search to learn more about the church’s third meetinghouse.  In this special Archives Month program, see what Al has learned about the meetinghouse, church politics and the Great Awakening, Windsor bridges and highways, and how towns formed in the 1750-1800 time period.  Al’s programs are popular.  Come early to be assured of a seat!  Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 WHS and First Church members. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.


October 29       5:30 – 7 PM

Reception and Unveiling George Belden talk at Windsor Historical Society.   Enjoy a wine and cheese reception with us to celebrate the return of a Windsor cabinetmaker George Belden’s   bowfront chest of drawers. It will reside in Windsor thanks to a generous long-term loan from The Connecticut Historical Society.  October is Archives Month; at 6:30, Windsor Historical Society Christina Vida will share details of George Belden’s life and practice in Windsor from 1793 until the mid- 1830s, and the sources she has plumbed to reveal more about George Belden and his world.  She will also highlight other Connecticut Historical Society objects on loan that help us tell the stories of Windsor’s history and development.  Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 WHS and CHS members.  For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.


November 1       2 PM

The Mystery of the Shoe Buckle Lecture and Writing ContestAward Ceremony at Windsor Historical Society. Archaeologists uncovered the silvered shoe buckle dating to the late 1700s as part of the Strong-Howard House renovations, but questions still remain. Why was this fancy item in a pit? Where is its mate? Who did it belong to?  Join us inside the Strong-Howard House (where it was discovered) to hear about its uncovering from Curator Christina Vida and learn from Robyn Beausoleil and Matthew Grillo of AHS, Inc. in Storrs, CT, about the conservation techniques they used on the 18th-century metal buckle. The highlight of the event will be the reading of the top five entries in the juried Significant Objects Writing Contest and the awarding of $100 prizes to the top adult and student authors. The event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact the Society at 860/688-3813.


November 8       1:30 PM -3:30PM

A Ride to Remember:  Bus Tour of Hayden Station, Rainbow and Poquonock with historian Beverly Garvan and Windsor icon Sterling Viets, and Windsor Historical Society Director Christine Ermenc.  Where did these villages of Windsor get their names?  Who were the people who lived in these areas and what were the significant landmarks and businesses?  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.  Evocative stories about the area from the Windsor Storytellers books will be shared.  Spaces are limited; our bus tours sell out fast. Reserve your spot by Friday, November 6  by calling 860-688-3813 or contacting .  School bus will meet participants at the Society.  $10 adults, $9 seniors and students, $8 WHS members. 860/688-3813 for more information.


November 11       10 AM – 12 noon

Behind the Mask:  Living History at Windsor Historical Society.   In spring of 2015, the Society worked with director Kandie Carle, and actors Susan Buchholz, and Walter Mantani who performed as Ann and Nathaniel Howard.  How did they bring these people to life? What historic source materials did they find most useful?  What challenges did they experience before and during the performances and how did they address them?  Living history is far more than putting on a costume and leading a tour; learn how the techniques of history and theater combine in fascinating ways.    Cost:  FREE.  Limited space; to make your reservation , contact the Society by November 10.  860/688-3813 for more information.


November 20       5:30 PM – 9 PM

Windsor Historical Society’s festive Pre-Holiday Auction provides the perfect opportunity to find great holiday gifts and getaways for someone you love, sponsor school buses for field trips to the Society or make the holidays special for a Windsor family in need!   Tickets at $35 pre-auction date, $40 day of auction cover a delicious buffet dinner, beer and wine at 130 Deerfield Road, Windsor (the old Elks Lodge, beautifully renovated by Carmon’s.)  Purchase your tickets or offer an auction donation by contacting the Society at 860/688-3813. 


December 4       5:30 PM – 7 PM

Holiday Fun for Adults: Discover and Sample Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England at Windsor Historical SocietyColonial New England was awash in ales, beers, wines, and spirits.  Everyone from teenage farm workers to our founding fathers imbibed heartily and often.  Ring in the holidays with an exploration of the origins and tastes of some of the favorite beverages of early Americans.  Ever heard of flip?  Syllabub?  Rattleskull?  Switchel?  Learn more from Corin Hirsch, award-winning author of “Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England.”  Then visit four stations including the new kitchen of the Society’s Strong-Howard house to see the drinks made and for samples of these forgotten but surprisingly delicious beverages.  Recipes provided.  $10 adults, $9 seniors, $8 WHS members. 860/688-3813 for more information.


December 5       1-4 PM

Holiday Fun for Families:  Make Your Own Gingerbread House at Windsor Historical Society.   Celebrate this year’s reopening of the Strong-Howard House by making a holiday gingerbread house of your own to take home.   We’ll start by passing out cartons of chocolate milk. Drink it, dump it, then use that empty carton as a base for home construction and unleash your creativity.  Build your gingerbread house with frosting and graham crackers, and decorate it with Necco wafers, M & M’s, candy-canes, and more.  While waiting for your house to “set”, explore in our Hands-On History Learning Center and tour the Society’s Strong-Howard House, where everything is hands-on.  You may try out the beds, sit at the dining table, explore kitchen tools and implements and try on some clothing.   Happy Holidays!  Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children, $2 members. Help us know how many supplies to purchase; make your reservation for this program by December 3 by calling 860/688-3813.



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