Oral History Collection2018-05-15T12:03:35+00:00

Oral History Collection

The Windsor Historical Society Oral History Collection is an artificial collection of oral history interviews and other recorded memoirs, public presentations, and short historical essays which have been transcribed by Society staff and volunteers. The earliest recordings were made in 1952, but the collection spans to the present day. A few of the transcripts were prepared from videotaped recordings. There are currently thirty-six transcripts in the collection, most with a detailed index. Virtually all the recordings are now available in a digital format.

Oral history themes and topics include neighborhood and family history; childhood chores and fun; school days; learning to drive; hunting, fishing, and other sports; working tobacco; church activities; and fondly remembered local stores, shopkeepers, and home delivery services.

Recorded lectures and programs provide insight into history of the Lithuanian community in Poquonock; the mills along the Farmington River; the history of the Hayden Station area; Christopher Miner Spencer’s many accomplishments; and Windsor’s brickmaking industry. Some narrators offer perspective on the changes in the town of Windsor, CT during the 20th century, considering aspects such as the postwar housing shortages, race relations, and the impact of the opening of Interstate 91.

[Inventory and Abstracts]

Explore some excerpts and transcripts from the Oral History Collection below.

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Kendrick, Carrie Marshall
A life-long resident of Poquonock, Carrie reads some prepared remarks and memoirs about this community, from the earliest English settlers through the mid-20th century.

2018-05-15T11:21:50+00:00

Lee, Audrey
This wide-ranging interview covers Audrey's school years in Hartford and Windsor, the Wilson neighborhood, his experiences in the Civilian Conservation Corps, friendship with Winthrop Rockefeller, and much more.

2018-05-03T14:20:35+00:00

Parkinson, Carlton
Carl discusses attending a school in West Hartford in the late 1960s, his Jamaican immigrant father who worked as a cook on Windsor tobacco farms, and working in tobacco himself, among other topics.

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Taylor, Vesta Spencer
Vesta's interview mainly concerned the life of her father, Christopher Miner Spencer, and his many accomplishments, including his repeating rifle and automatic screw machine.

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Wilson, Leland P.
L. P. Wilson talks about obtaining the Fyler House for the Windsor Historical Society, the origins of Windsor's first Town Hall, and early taxes.