FREE Admission and

“Pretty, Practical, and Popular:  A Pop-Up Presentation of Wedding Presents”

June 13, 11 AM – 4 PM and June 14, 1 PM – 4 PM


As part of Connecticut Open House Day, we invite you to lend and to view memorable wedding gifts as part of a two-day FREE exhibit: “Pretty, Practical, and Popular:  A Pop-Up Presentation of Your Best Wedding Presents” at Windsor Historical Society.  What was the best wedding gift you gave or received and why?  The most memorable?  The funniest?  Bring us your gifts and your stories and memories by June 13th at 10 a.m. and pick them up by 4 p.m. on Sunday the 14th.   We can’t display your wedding gown or tux, but you are welcome to wear them to the event!  Throughout the day, you will be able to sample some delicious wedding cake options specially prepared by Get Baked LLC of Windsor, including a traditionally decorated cake, a much-requested wedding cake inspired by their famous Nutella brownies, and a baker’s choice surprise to be revealed June 13th.  And take this opportunity to tour the new hands-on rooms at the Society’s Strong-Howard House, the Hezekiah Chaffee House (tours offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and see our Bridging Centuries Bridging Cultures: 400 Years of Windsor Stories exhibition. Come back on Sunday, June 14 from 2 PM – 3 PM to hear Curator Christina Vida speak about “Weddings and Worth: Dowry Items in New England History”; the items that women brought with them as they started married life.  Admission Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is free, as is the Sunday 2 p.m. lecture.
We have made it very easy for you to submit an object for display.  Just fill out the object label form located here: .  You can either save this completed PDF file and attach it to an email to , or print it out and bring it to the Society with your object on June 13th.  Don’t hesitate; the more great gifts on display for the weekend, the merrier! For more information, contact the Society at 860-688-3813.
Make sure to ‘like’ the Society’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter (@windsorct1633) and Instagram (@windsorhistoricalsociety) for regular updates and insights. The Windsor Historical Society, founded in 1921, invites visitors to explore the people, places, and events that have shaped Windsor for over 375 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 gift shop and two historic houses open to the public:  the 1758 Strong-Howard House and the 1767 Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House. 

The Society is located at 96 Palisado Avenue (Route 159) and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.  Tours of its two historic homes are offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and free to children under 12 and WHS members.  Call (860) 688-3813 or visit us on the web at for directions to the Society and more information about programs or volunteer opportunities.  To receive e-reminders for public programs, please send your e-mail address to
Photo: Candle holder and covered bowl hand-painted by Minnie Hastings and then given as a wedding present to Elizabeth and Frank Parker in August 1947. WHS Collections, 1993.90. Gift of Elizabeth Bryant Parker.



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