Collecting Windsor

Treasures from the Windsor Historical Society



April 30, 2005 - August 26, 2005

North Gallery



Collecting Windsor 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?  Collecting Windsor 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.


Collecting Windsor 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.



Collecting Windsor Programs


Windsor Historical 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; or


Movie: “Footlight Parade”

Sunday, April 10, 3:00-5:15p.m.

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 Cagney.


Opening Reception

Thursday, April 21, 7:30-9:00p.m.

Exhibition preview and reception for WHS members and supporters.  Introduction by curator Erin Stevic.  Free for members and supporters.


Public Opening and Collector’s Day

Saturday, April 30, noon- 4p.m.

Collecting Windsor opens for the public.  Local collectors will display their treasures and refreshments will be served.  Free admission for all.


Windsor Stories: Collecting Oral History

Tuesday, May 10, 7:30- 8:30 p.m.: 

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 Collections

Saturday, June 4, 18, 25, and Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m. – noon: 

Participants will 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 Furnishings

Tuesday, July 19, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Museum consultant 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. 


Backstage Primer: 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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