Treasures from the
Windsor Historical Society
April 30, 2005 -
August 26, 2005
explores the Society’s history of collecting from the institution’s
founding in 1921 to the present time, and examines the Society’s
future collecting goals. The exhibition poses four basic questions
about the Society’s collections: why and how does the Society
collect, what does it collect and how does it use those collections?
showcases key objects from the museum, library, historic structures
and education collections to answer these questions. The items on
display will also explain how the institution and its collections
have grown and changed over time.
Visitors will view
objects of various sizes and subjects, including a tiny piece of the
Plymouth Rock, the first television in Windsor, and an 1835
Pepperbox revolver, and will come to understand the role each object
plays at the Society. They will also be able to put on the curator’s
cap and decide what they would accept into the collections through
several interactive exhibits.
engages visitors with the broad range of the Windsor Historical
Society’s extraordinary collections, while educating them on the
importance of studying and preserving Windsor’s history. Showcasing
the wide variety of people, places, and events that have shaped the
town’s past and present, the exhibition suggests how Windsor’s
diversity continues to shape our dynamic community.
Society is delighted to present public programs associated with its
newest exhibition, Collecting Windsor. Program costs unless
otherwise noted: adults: $5, seniors and students $3, WHS members $2.
More information at: Windsor Historical Society, 96 Palisado Avenue,
Windsor, (Rt. 159), 688-3813;
Sunday, April 10,
Movie collector Gerry
Haber will show a short documentary on the history of movie musicals
followed by the music and dance film “Footlight Parade” starring James
Thursday, April 21,
Exhibition preview and
reception for WHS members and supporters. Introduction by curator Erin
Stevic. Free for members and supporters.
Public Opening and
Saturday, April 30,
opens for the public. Local collectors will display their treasures and
refreshments will be served. Free admission for all.
Stories: Collecting Oral History
Tuesday, May 10, 7:30-
Town Clerk Kathy Quin
will gather a panel of Windsor’s best storytellers together to reminisce
about 20th century Windsor and talk about the process of
preparing the Windsor Storytellers books. WHS members free.
Fieldtrips to Local
Saturday, June 4, 18,
25, and Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m. – noon:
explore other Windsor collections through guided tours of the
collections at the Windsor Town Clerk’s office, the Loomis Chaffee
School’s archives, Luddy Taylor Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum, and
the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead. Reservations necessary: call 688-3813.
Collections Care: Home
Tuesday, July 19, 7:30 -
Elizabeth Pratt Fox will lead a workshop on storing, cleaning, and
caring for family heirlooms such as glass, ceramics, metal objects,
furniture, and framed prints and maps.
Nadeau’s Auction Gallery
August (Date TBA):
Ed Nadeau, head of
Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in Windsor will give participants a
behind-the-scenes tour of one of Southern New England’s largest auction
galleries, focusing on how to evaluate potential collections objects and
successful bidding strategies.
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