Reception and Unveiling George Belden talk

October 29       5:30 – 7:30 PM

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Visit the Windsor Historical Society from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on October 29 for a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the return of Windsor cabinetmaker George Belden’s bowfront chest of drawers to his home town.  The chest was purchased by The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) at auction last spring. It will reside in Windsor Historical Society’s Bridging Centuries, Bridging Cultures galleries thanks to a generous long-term loan from CHS.  In addition, Connecticut Historical Society is loaning Windsor Historical Society a circa 1795 desk and bookcase made by cabinetmaker Erastus Grant given to them by Shepherd Holcombe.  The desk and bookcase has never been on view, and now, courtesy of this generous loan, will have a treasured spot in the north parlor of the Society’s Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee home.  At 5:30, guests will be invited over to the Chaffee House to see the Grant piece, followed at 6:00 by a presentation on George Belden. Windsor Historical Society curator Christina Vida will share details of George Belden’s life and practice in Windsor from 1793 until the mid- 1830s, and the archival sources she and research Kevin Ferrigno have plumbed to reveal more about Belden and his world.  Vida will also highlight other Connecticut Historical Society objects on loan that help us tell the stories of Windsor’s history and development. Afterwards, visitors will also be encouraged to tour the Strong-Howard House and explore the reproduction furniture based on examples in CHS’s permanent collection. Cost for this program is $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 WHS and CHS members.  For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.

 

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