Explore the Society’s updated permanent galleries, now improved to better represent Windsor’s diverse history with fresh images, stories, and artifacts.
Some may recognize Willie Graham as the founder of WAACA, a community service-based organization dedicated to serving Windsor’s Black residents. However, Willie’s legacy of activism made a real difference in the lives of countless people throughout the Greater Hartford area.
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 [...]
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.
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.