This is a regular column featuring highlights from our one-on-one oral history interviews with Windsor residents. Born on December 17th, 1924, to Frank and Ann Peteroski, Frank Peters is a longtime Windsor resident and World War II veteran.
This is the second of a two-part article that attempts to tell the story of the donors whose contributions became the foundation of the Society’s collections in 1921. Part I focused on George Hoadley and his motivations behind making such a large donation to us. Part II turns to his brother Charles and his consideration of his own legacy.
Bev Garvan, one of our very dearest volunteers and friends, passed away last week. Her impact on the Windsor Historical Society cannot be understated. A lifelong Windsor resident, Bev loved this town and its history, and spent countless hours poring over her research.
We are all living through history right now, and WHS wants to capture this event and its repercussions on Windsor as it is happening, and we need your help to do this. Your stories will help future generations understand what it was like to live through this historic time.
2021 marks Windsor Historical Society’s centennial year, an exciting time as we plan how to move the Society forward. The “What is our purpose?” question is as relevant today as it was a century ago.
Do you ever wonder how objects end up in museum exhibitions? The cloak on view in our museum gallery arrived at the Society in a box. It had ripped seams, frayed trim, insect damage, and layers of dirt. But in its prime in the early 1800s, the bright red color was a fashion statement and a sign of the owner’s wealth.
When we receive donations for our museum and archives collections, one of the first tasks we undertake is to determine the importance of the objects and figure out if and how they fit into the history of our town. While that is simple enough to say, the process can be painstaking, alternating between fulfilling and frustrating, but always fascinating.
In 1711, Connecticut outlawed walking “in the night season” to discourage people from being out at night drunk and making a commotion. The following 1770 document from our collection reflects this law in action. It's a detailed and vivid formal complaint about some late-night shenanigans, unappreciated by the victim of those shenanigans.
Windsor Historical Society operates two historic house museums, including the 1767 Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House. In its time it was the largest home on the Palisado Green. In 1992, the town leased the Chaffee House to Windsor Historical Society to operate as a museum. How would we furnish it?
Connecticut Valley Furniture by Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800 was a groundbreaking exhibition on view at the Concord Museum in Concord, MA and the Connecticut Historical Society Museum in 2005 and 2006. Accompanied [...]