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



February 3       10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

From Memory to Memoir:  Writing Your Life Story on six consecutive Tuesdays at Windsor Historical Society’s Research Library.  Session 1:  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 you 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 February 10 (Mining a Childhood Memory for the Jewels, Working with Memories), February 17 (Focusing on Defining Moments), February 24 (Deciding Theme and Structure for your Life Story), March 3 (Using Pictures, Documents and the Rest), and March 10 (Editing your Memoir, Preparing it for Publication, Tips on Self Publishing).  COST: $75 for six session course, Class size is limited.  Registration and pre-payment needed by February 2.  For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or online at  Snow date: the following Tuesday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.


February 11       11 AM to 2 PM

Volunteer needle-workers needed at Windsor Historical Society! Ann Howard’s linens, on display in the Society’s Strong-Howard House, need one last touch of authenticity – her initials. Help us finish this final element on our sheets and bring your own linens to mark as well. We’ll supply the needles, thread, and sample marking patterns to try out. Bring your lunch and we’ll have light refreshments and a friendly sewing circle. Space is limited so please reserve your spot by calling 860-688-3813 or emailing For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or online at  Snow Date: Thursday, February 12, 11 AM to 2 PM.


February 14       2 PM to 3:30 PM

Happy Valentine’s Day Talk and Workshop at Windsor Historical Society at 96 Palisado Avenue with Director Christine Ermenc. Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day and what is the meaning behind the symbols we see on historic valentines?  Get answers from the intricate Valentines of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries shown in a PowerPoint presentation.  Then if you care to, create a valentine masterpiece for someone special inspired by your own imagination and the historic valentines in the presentation, using a valentine kit with beads, feathers, sequins, doilies, ribbons and more.  Delectable chocolates and valentine treats served.  COST: $10. WHS members will receive a $2 off coupon to be applied toward future programs. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or online at


February 16       10 AM to 4 PM

Wondering how to entertain your children on President’s Day? Bring them to Candle-Dipping at Windsor Historical Society. We’ll provide different colors to make each candle unique.  The Society’s Hands-On-History Learning Center will be open where children can try on reproduction colonial clothing, try out a child-sized rope bed, or “milk” Flavia the cow. Use your engineering skills to build a toothpick-and-marshmallow replica of the Strong-Howard House or get creative and design a structure of your own. Take a Scavenger Hunt through our main exhibit galleries, try out the replica Native American canoe, and watch a working model of the Windsor Locks Canal. Also on view, Building Bridges: Windsor Walks, an exhibition created by Windsor High School’s Pre-AP Art class. COST: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children, $2 members or $10 per family.  For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or Snow Date: Tuesday, February 17, 10 AM to 4 PM.


February 25       7 PM to 8 PM

African American Connecticut Explored at Windsor Historical Society.  Contributing essayist Dr. Stacey Close, Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Elizabeth Normen, publisher of Connecticut Explored, the magazine of Connecticut history, and editor of African American Connecticut Explored (Wesleyan University Press, 2014), will speak about the long arc of the African American experience in Connecticut with compelling stories drawn from the book's 54 essays covering the colonial period to mid-20th century. Purchase a book and get it signed by the authors, and pick up a current issue of Connecticut Explored Magazine. COST: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 members. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or online at  Snow date:  Thursday, February 26, 7 PM to 8 PM.


March 8       2 PM to 3:30 PM

Stories from Cherished Hopes and Honorable Ambition: A Centennial History of the Loomis Chaffee School Who were the founders of Loomis and what were their dreams in founding the school?  What are some of the highlights of the Loomis Chaffee School’s first century?  What impact has the school had on its students and faculty? Co-authors and editors, former Headmaster John Ratté and Archivist and History teacher Karen Parsons will share stories from and discuss the questions and research that inspired the book.  Books will be available for sale and signing after the talk. This is the last in a series of programs offered by the Loomis Chaffee School and by Windsor Historical Society to commemorate the Loomis Chaffee School's centennial year.  It will take place in the Gilchrist Auditorium in the Clark Science Center at the Loomis Chaffee School.  Cost:  FREE. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or online at


March 14, 15, 28, 29, and April 11 and 12 from 1 PM to 1:30 PM, 2 PM to 2:30 PM, and 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Captain and Mrs. Howard are at Home and Request the Honor of Your Presence.  History truly comes alive as you visit Windsor Historical Society’s Strong-Howard House museum and meet Captain and Mrs. Howard in their 1810 home.   Costumed actors portraying this historic couple will welcome you into their newly renovated historic house, where yes, you CAN touch everything!   Performances vary depending on audience interests and interactions.  Pre-registrations necessary since space is limited inside the house. Contact the Society at 860-688-3813 by the day prior to your preferred performance time to reserve your spot.  Walk-ins will be accommodated only as space allows.  COST:  $10.  WHS members will receive a $2 off coupon to be applied toward future programs. 


April 1

Windsor Historical Society’s “Up Close and Personal” Facebook Photo Contest begins! This year, get up close and personal with Windsor - send us a detail image of a public space or building in Windsor with a one-sentence description of where you took the picture. Photographers of any age and from any town can submit an image. Email your jpeg file to Christina Vida at Submissions will be posted on the Society’s Facebook page, where all the voting will take place. Facebook users can “like” their favorite image and story to vote. The earlier you submit, the more “likes” you can receive. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, May 21st at 5 PM. Voting will continue until Thursday, May 28th at 9 PM. The first prize winner with the most votes will receive $100. Second prize is $75, and third prize is $50. Submission of an entry constitutes warranty of originality and non-infringement, as well as permission for the Windsor Historical Society, Windsor, CT, to publish the entry in print or online, including social media.

April 9, 7 PM to 9 PM:  Third Annual Shad Derby Trivia Contest at the Windsor Historical Society. Think you know everything? Test your knowledge at the Shad Derby Trivia Contest. Teams of up to 6 members (age 21 & up only) can compete during five rounds of questions ranging from general knowledge to Windsor-specific facts. The team with the most points gets bragging rights for a year and a gift certificate to a local establishment. Enjoy refreshments and the grand opening of the “Shad Derby: A Windsor Tradition” exhibition, on view from April 9th until May 30th. Teams must register in advance – space is limited. COST: $10/contestant or $5/onlooker.  For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or online at  


April 25       1 PM to 3 PM

Windsor Historical Society hosts a Broad Street Green Architectural Open House.  Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see inside five historic buildings along Broad Street Green in Windsor. The 1902 Huntington House, now occupied by J. Morrissey, the 1930 Plaza Building, the 1941 VFW building (formerly the Post Office), the 1929 Windsor Federal building, and the archives vault of the 1965 Town Hall will all be available to the public for this afternoon open house.  Tickets are $10/person (children 12 and under free) and will be available for purchase in advance at the Society beginning April 1 or on the day of the tour at the registration table in front of J. Morrissey. Enjoy lunch at one of Windsor’s locally-owned restaurants and then learn about our local history as you walk through these important structures that line the Town Green. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or online at


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