Unseasonable Night Walking

2019-08-01T19:07:55-04:00August 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

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.

Conversations with the Past: Hayden Family Letters, 1821-1894

2019-05-17T10:23:40-04:00May 3rd, 2019|Tags: , |

Written primarily between 1821 and 1894, the Sarah Hayden Fowler Papers collection documents a 19th-century woman's life from childhood through teenage and early adult years, marriage, and life as a mother, stepmother, grandmother, and widow. Fleeting references to events, trends, and celebrities illustrate U.S. territorial expansion, changing culture, and political and economic crises.

A Windsor Boy Goes West

2019-06-25T15:29:11-04:00February 12th, 2019|Tags: , , |

In 1883, William F. Garvin left his home and family in Windsor and headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming, a young and rapidly growing frontier town. He faithfully wrote each week to his younger brother John. 130 years later, William’s grandniece Bev Garvan donated this collection of 300 letters to the Society. She has transcribed dozens of excerpts to illustrate some of the differences between life in Windsor and in the West.

Adelbert Coe Photo Collection

2019-06-25T15:30:05-04:00September 18th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Adelbert "Del" Coe (1913-1992) lived on Hayden Avenue in the center of Windsor. He took an avid interest in the changes taking place in his community and documented many of them with his camera, the images revealing exactly what he witnessed as the decades passed from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Putting the Pieces Together: The Rediscovery of the Katherine Barker Drake Photographic Collection

2019-06-25T15:31:06-04:00July 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

"Aha!" moments occur in research when a combination of luck and hard work causes fragments of information to fall into place, answering one or a series of questions. One such moment led to the identification of the photographer of several hundred historic photographs in the Society's collections.

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