Windsor Historical Society



Hartford in World War I

May 25, 2016       7 PM to 8 PM


Battalion of boys assembled on the north side of St. Gabriel's Catholic Church during WWI. Windsor Historical Society collections 2015.1.122.


Please join us on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. for a Memorial Week book talk on Hartford in World War I by local author David Drury, formerly a staff writer and editor at the Hartford Courant.


When the United States Congress declared war in April 1917, Connecticut answered the call to arms. As the capital, Hartford was the hub of the state’s war effort. The city hosted major rallies and recruitment drives, and leaders from Hartford directed efforts to inspire patriotism and sacrifice. Allied needs for war materiel and goods were insatiable, and local manufacturers like Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company worked around the clock to meet the demand. Men and women from the greater Hartford area (including Windsor) battled in the trenches, volunteered in the hospitals and canteens, and served in the air and on the high seas. A century later, this legacy of service and sacrifice is memorialized by local monuments and images which trace the extraordinary story of our area during World War I.


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


Books will be available for purchase at $21.99 and the author is happy to sign them.


And stay tuned for a Windsor Historical Society exhibit scheduled for late March of 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into the Great War.






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