Windsor Historical Society



Fall-Winter 2016 Calendar


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



October 11 to November 15 (six Tuesday sessions), CANCELED

From Memory to Memoir: Writing Your Life Story



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 a historic recipe for apple pie. Reserve your spot by Friday, November 4.


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


(note: no Learn and Play First Saturday this month)



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 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



December 9, 6 PM to 8 PM

Historic Libations

Ring in the holidays with an exploration of the origins and tastes of some of the favorite beverages of early Americans. Society archivist Michelle Tom and educator John Mooney will briefly regale you with the origins of these concoctions. Visit the drink stations, including one at our historic Strong-Howard House (magical-looking at night!) sample hot drinks prepared hearthside and indulge in tavern games. Drink recipes provided.


Ages 21 and up only. $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 members


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