Windsor Historical Society



Summer-Fall 2016 Calendar


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



September 20, 10 AM to 11:30 AM

September 27, 10 AM to 11:30 AM

October 4, 10 AM to 11:30 AM

Volunteer Guide Training

Are you a people person who loves history? Would you like to give tours to adults and/or school children? Learn more about Windsor Historical Society and Windsor’s long and fascinating history on three consecutive Tuesday mornings.


Session 1 (9/20/16): Introduction to the Society. Explore our library, Windsor history galleries, and Palisado Green, the heart of historic Windsor.


Session 2 (9/27/16): Guiding in the Strong-Howard House. Find out why people love this house and see for yourself why it has won local, state, and national awards.


Session 3 (10/4/16): Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee’s House and WHS’s educational trunks and programs. Learn more about this doctor, his medical practice, the enslaved African Americans who kept the household running, and the Society’s education programs on Colonial and Native American Life and the American Revolution.



September 28, 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Timely Topics: Connecticut Voting and Politics, Then and Now

Does it seem like the gulf between Democrats and Republicans is at an all-time high? Do you ever wonder why campaigning can’t happen inside a polling place? Or when women and minorities got the right to vote?


Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward will talk about key political regulatory laws and transitions that occurred in Connecticut over the past four centuries, setting the stage for Mary Kelling and Agnes Pier from Windsor’s League of Women Voters and Windsor Registrars of Voters’ Karen Andrews and Anita Mips. Our local experts will discuss current elections regulations, how election days in Windsor have changed over the past few decades, and how national and state elections affect local elections and local budgets. After the panel discussion, plenty of time will be available for questions from the audience.


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



October 1, 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.



October 11 to November 15 (six Tuesday sessions) , 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

From Memory to Memoir: Writing Your Life Story

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.


October 11: Why You Want to Write Your Life Story and Quieting Your Inner Critic

October 18: Mining a Childhood Memory for the Jewels, Working with Memories

October 25: Focusing on Defining Moments

November 1: Deciding Theme and Structure for your Life Story

November 8: Using Pictures, Documents and the Rest

November 15: Editing your Memoir, Preparing it for Publication, Tips on Self-Publishing


$75 for six-session course. Class size is limited.



October 13, 7 PM to 8 PM

Connecticut Valley Tobacco: Lecture and Book Signing

Author Brianna Dunlap, director of the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum, will share the history of our region's most iconic crop from its early use by Native Americans to the impact of the reopening of Cuba in 2015. Dunlap will tell colorful stories of tobacco farmers and field hands, from West Indian migrant workers to high school and college students from across the East Coast – the people who made tobacco the soul of the valley. Serious labor and health issues are not overlooked. Books, featuring stunning photography by Leonard Hellerman, are available for $21.99 – a must for any coffee table or bookshelf!


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



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.



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 Loomis Chaffee School, 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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