Admit it: does your
household include a drawer or a shelf full of photos you’ve been meaning
to put into a photograph album for months or even years? Have you ever
considered scrapbooking? For Windsor’s
Renata Shields, the impetus came when her son was born and she and her
husband searched unsuccessfully for photographs of themselves as
children to pass down to him. Determined not to repeat history, Shields
started recording her young son’s life and activities in scrapbook form
and is now an accomplished scrapbooking artist and teacher.
Renata Shields is
not alone. Scrapbooking has become one of the most popular hobbies in
the country. Join us at Windsor Historical Society on Saturday, March 8,
from 1 to 3 p.m. for the first of two beginning scrapbooking workshops
led by Shields. Bring eight photos and Renata Shields will provide you
with everything you need to get started with this creative, fun and
compelling pastime, as you create a scrapbook page to take home. You
will leave with ideas for creating future pages plus a catalogue
including products such as organizational tools, cropping tools,
photo-safe pages, pens, stickers, stamps and stencils. Cost for the
program is $10 per participant which covers the cost of materials. A
follow-up workshop will be held on Saturday, March 29th from 1-5 p.m.
This will be a concentrated session for working on personal scrapbook
projects with a presentation “Getting Organized: How to Sort and Manage
your Photos.” The cost for the second workshop is $10. The workshops
are appropriate for adult and family groups including school aged
In the past several
generations, albums have evolved from photos mounted on black pages with
triangular photo-mount corners to sophisticated presentations with
photographs, text, and memorabilia such as letters and photocopied
newspaper clippings. Stickers, alphabet letters, ribbon and lace,
decorated background papers, eyelets, brads, stencils, embossing and
more are used to create visual tours de force. Including descriptions
of the event or person portrayed is called journaling. Creative
journalists are storytellers, often including poetry, song lyrics,
quotations and personal reflections in their narratives. Such
scrapbooks are valuable to historians as well as families because family
histories that might not otherwise be preserved are included with family
use archival-quality supplies: acid and lignin-free papers and
fade-resistant inks designed to preserve scrapbooks for posterity. And
there’s a social aspect to scrapbooking. Scrapbookers gather at once
another’s homes, at scrapbook stores and at scrapbook conventions to
create their scrapbook pages together and share ideas and techniques.
“Cropping” parties have been compared to old-time quilting bees.
Don’t miss this
opportunity to learn an exciting pastime that preserves family
photographs and reminiscences for future generations to enjoy.
Reservations for the programs are needed by Friday March 7th and
Friday, March 28th. Parking is available around Palisado Green and in
the First Church and Windsor Discovery Center Parking lots. Windsor
Historical Society’s newest exhibition Camera Crazy: Photographers
of Windsor 1885-1930 will be open for viewing before each program.
These events are
part of an exciting year-long round of programs planned by Windsor
Historical Society, the Town of Windsor, and the Windsor Chamber of
Commerce. For more information about these programs, please visit
www.Windsor375.com. Many generous sponsors and supporters have
helped to make Windsor Historical Society’s events possible including:
Anonymous Donor; Connecticut Humanities Council; Hartford Foundation for
Public Giving; Anonymous Donor
Sponsors: Dan J. and Alice Ford Ferraina; Travelers Connecticut
Foundation; Windsor Federal Savings;
MiddleOak Specialty Insurance; Alstom Power
Anonymous Donor; Dill, Joyce & Thresher Insurance; ING; Jim and Kathi
Martin; Rabbett Insurance Agency, Savings Bank Life Insurance;
Alford Associates, Inc.; Bill Selig Family Foundation; Carmon Funeral
Homes; Elizabeth Feser; Griffin Land and Nurseries, Inc.; HD2
Development; Pelton Excavation Company; Price Chopper; Rotary Club of
Windsor; Stop and Shop Supermarkets; Webster Bank.
Historical Society, founded in 1921, invites visitors to explore the
people, places, and events that have shaped Windsor for over 370 years.
The Society’s museum includes changing and permanent exhibition
galleries; a hands-on history learning center for families; a research
library and manuscript collection housing Windsor photographs,
documents, ephemera, and genealogical materials, a museum shop and two
historic houses open to the public—the 1758 John and Sarah Strong House
and the 1767 Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House.
Historical Society is located at 96 Palisado Avenue (Route 159) and is
open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. General
admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students and free to
children under 12 and WHS members. Call (860) 688-3813 or visit us on
the web at
www.windsorhistoricalsociety.org for directions to the Society and
more information about programs.