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

   

  

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 cvida@windsorhistoricalsociety.org. 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.  

 

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.

 

May 12       7 PM – 8 PM

Five Things Everyone Should Know About the Native American Archaeology of Connecticut with Connecticut State Archaeologist Brian Jones at Windsor Historical Society.  Yes, Windsor is the oldest town in Connecticut but ninety-seven percent of Connecticut’s history occurred before 1633!  Through the fascinating study of Connecticut archaeology, learn how Native Americans colonized an Ice Age landscape, adapted their life-ways to post-glacial habitats, formed trade networks, fed a growing population, and developed politically complex societies.  This summer, Jones and his team will be investigating Windsor’s Palisado and trading post; learn about these exciting plans. Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, WHS members $4. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.

 

May 21       5 PM

“Up Close and Personal” Facebook Photo Contest submission deadline! 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 one image. Email your jpeg file and one-sentence story along with your name, age, address, and phone number to Christina Vida at cvida@windsorhistoricalsociety.org . 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. Voting will continue until Thursday, May 28th at 9 PM. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 29th. 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.

 

May 30       9 AM to 10 AM

Tour the Farmington River Power Company and Rainbow Fish Ladder sponsored by Windsor Historical Society.  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.  Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, WHS members $4. Limited enrollment; reserve your spot for this program by May 29 by contacting Windsor Historical Society at 860/688-3813. For more information, contact the Society at 860-688-3813. 

 

June 13       11 AM – 4 PM and

June 14       1 PM – 4 PM

As part of Connecticut Open House Day, we invite you to lend and to view memorable wedding gifts with us as part of a two-day exhibit: “Pretty, Practical, and Popular:  A Pop-Up Presentation of Your best Wedding Presents” at Windsor Historical Society.  What was the best wedding gift you gave or received and why?  The most memorable?  The funniest?  Bring us your gifts and your stories and memories by June 13th at 10 a.m. (write  up a quick label for your gifts on an 8.5 x 11 sheet which we’ll display in a plastic sleeve close by), and pick them up by 4 p.m. on Sunday the 14th.   We can’t display your wedding gown or tux, but you are welcome to wear them to the event!  Wedding cake and punch served.  On Sunday, June 14 from 2 PM – 3 PM, Curator Christina Vida will speak about Weddings and Worth: Dowry Items in New England History; the items that women brought with them as they started married life.  Cost: FREE. For more information, contact the Society at 860-688-3813. 

 

June 24       5:30PM – 6:30 PM

The Farmington River at All Seasons:  The Art of Light and Water.  Following a short annual meeting at Windsor Historical Society, enjoy wine and cheese while viewing photographer Tom Cameron’s photographic images of the Farmington River in a PowerPoint presentation.  Cameron wades, kayaks, snowshoes and trudges out with his digital camera in all seasons.  He will share thoughts about key elements for interesting pictures, and how development can enhance an image, as well as showing a map of the River and providing an overview of photograph locations. You might discover some new spots to explore this summer! Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, WHS members free. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.

 

July 11       10 AM - 2 PM

Genealogy Road Show at Windsor Historical Society.  Experienced professionals from the Connecticut Society of Genealogists will provide individual consultations on pursuing family history research.   Getting started, your immigrant ancestors, and internet research are among the topics covered.  From 10 – 11 AM in an optional  presentation,  genealogist Ed Strickland will present his Trunk in the Attic program, a combination show-and-tell/ Powerpoint revealing how documents and artifacts most people already have in their homes such as photographs, baby books, school year books, and even utility bills can yield clues to the family history researcher.  Please pre-register for Strickland presentation and individual consultations since space is limited.  You will be assigned a specific time with your genealogist of choice.   COST: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 WHS members. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.

 

August 5       1:00 PM to 2:00PM

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Curator Christina Vida heads to the Windsor Public Library to tell the the story of Windsor’s own historical hero Daniel Bissell. He was an American Revolution spy for George Washington, who was really thought to be a traitor! Daniel and George Washington created a spy code used throughout the war. Daniel was even wounded and later received the Purple Heart medal. Learn how to create your own spy code and develop messages you might have sent to George Washington! This free program is for grades 3-5. Please register at Windsor Public Library by calling 860-285-1914.

 

August 23       2 PM to 3 PM

Enjoy Herbs Past and Present:  Truths and Myths at Windsor Historical Society with master gardener and raconteur Gordon Kenneson.  Which prehistoric herb was used to clean pewter?  What herb was utilized for carding wool and led to the development of Velcro?  What herb grown for centuries is known as the “Queen Mother of Poisons”?  Learn about colonial herbs and their uses, and about the 1930’s gardener who influenced all modern herb garden design.  Potted herbs from the Society’s herb garden will be offered for sale, and delicious herb-infused refreshments will be served.  Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, WHS members $4. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813 or online at www.windsorhistoricalsociety.org

 


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