On 9/1/2021, we will celebrate our 100th anniversary with a birthday party and the opening of our new exhibit, which will highlight the many successes and tremendous growth the Society has seen in the past 100 years as we look toward our future. The following is a small taste of things to come.
Four new Directors joined the Society’s Board this spring, bringing valuable new skills and perspectives as we begin our second century. Welcome, Kaleitha Brown, Ashley Coleman, Daniel Crittenden, and W. Renata Dixon!
Since the Society’s two historic houses have been closed for the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff has taken this opportunity to reinterpret the Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House to more deeply reflect [...]
WHS's new Community History Specialist Sulema DePeyster in the Strong-Howard House garden. My name is Sulema DePeyster, and I am the Community History Specialist at the Windsor Historical Society. My job is to [...]
Our tagline: ‘Stepping into the Next Century Together,’ indicates our commitment to make this centennial – and our next century – about the entire Windsor community, Designed by talented local artist Sue Tait Porcaro, the logo features a notably modern look to draw attention to the Society’s new focus.
The service of a doctor requires skill, understanding, patience, and knowledge. To become one after being torn from your family and forced into servitude for a man you know nothing of makes the already arduous feat exceptional. In the late 18th century, after years of enslavement Dr. Primus Manumit became Windsor’s first Black doctor.
We aspire to be first in our region to center our history and culture on the lives of racially and ethnically diverse members of our community. We will do this by ensuring that our work is rooted in the history, stories and voices of all community members and that we build our core competence in diversity, equity and inclusion, aligning processes, systems, and structures with its vision.
Windsor’s population had grown rapidly in the years just prior to 1921, driven by immigrants who came to work in the region’s farms and factories. A larger population meant progress: more tax revenue and increased manufacturing. But it also created stress among residents who were wary of “foreign” ideas and changes to their habitual way of life.
Noted Black historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson named the second week in February “Negro History Week” in 1926. He selected this week to correspond with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, which many [...]
One of the many civil rights protests that occurred in the summer of 1963 took place at Carville’s Restaurant in Windsor. It was part of an effort by Hartford's North End Community Action Project (NECAP), which galvanized local civil rights leaders to take a more confrontational approach towards publicizing and solving greater Hartford’s racial issues.