Some Windsor Mysteries: And Archives Provide the Answers!

October 22, 2014       5:30 PM to 6:30 PM


This year, Windsorís Loomis Chaffee School celebrates its 100th anniversary. But did you ever wonder why the school founders decided to establish a school instead of a library, a hospital, a park? Or why the school opened forty years after it was chartered? A lovely nineteenth century painting of the Loomis family home on Windsorís Broad Street is a prized possession of the school. But who painted it? Join school archivist and history teacher Karen Parsons on Wednesday, October 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Historical Society for answers to these mysteries, and more. Light refreshments will be served.

October is American Archives Month, an opportunity to highlight the importance of preserving records of enduring value. Archives at the Loomis Chaffee School and Windsor Historical Society are keepers of memory. They contain letters, diaries, photographs, art, maps, and more, all of which have the power to bring the past alive. Parsons, a gifted historian and narrator, will show how source materials she found in both libraries helped her to determine why the school was established and who painted the Loomis family home.

Archives can help researchers gain perspective on larger questions and issues. For instance, most Connecticut towns have a Civil War monument prominently displayed on the town green. Why doesnít Windsor? Parsons will show how she pieced together perspectives, if not answers, on town attitudes during the Civil War.

If you have local letters, diaries, photographs, whether from the distant past or the 20th century, think about donating them (or copies of them) to your local archive. Whether or not your family members shaped your communityís history in a big way, they were part of it, and their story brings depth to the story of your community.

The cost for this program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members and Loomis Chaffee School alumni and staff. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.


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