About a group of people or people as a whole (as opposed to individuals)

Coming to Windsor Project Update

2024-02-05T13:56:52-05:00February 9th, 2024|Tags: |

This past summer, we announced our newest oral history initiative entitled Coming to Windsor. The project highlights the stories of individuals who migrated to Windsor and shaped the town’s ever-changing history. Thus far, we [...]

Two of Windsor: Accused and Exonerated of Witchcraft

2023-10-20T16:21:34-04:00October 20th, 2023|Tags: |

Occurring over 40 years before the infamous Salem witch trials, Windsor has the unfortunate distinction of being the first town in Connecticut to execute a woman accused of witchcraft. Almost 400 years later, Windsor’s two 17th-century witch trial victims, Alice Young and Lydia Gilbert, finally received a measure of justice when the state officially exonerated them.

Oral History Spotlight: Al Ilg

2023-07-27T11:35:17-04:00December 29th, 2022|

This is a regular column for the one-on-one oral history interviews conducted by Sulema DePeyster, our Community History Specialist. Each article will feature the story of a Windsor resident and provide highlights from the [...]

Glimpses of Windsor’s Black Patriots

2023-07-17T14:11:20-04:00September 30th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Piecing together someone’s life from scant documentary records is a bit like closing your eyes through a silent film and only opening them for a second every few minutes. Such is the case for the Black men of Windsor who fought in the Revolutionary War. To see more of the picture of their lives, we must fill in the blanks with what we can infer from the records, what is known about other people in similar situations, and what we can speculate might have happened.

The Howard Family in Quarantine

2020-04-03T17:07:51-04:00April 2nd, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Both families who lived in the Society’s two historic houses were involved in a quarantine situation in the late 1700s. Dr. Chaffee ordered the Howard family to be quarantined after Capt. Howard contracted smallpox and spread it to his three sons. The care for all of them fell on the shoulders of Mrs. Ann Howard.

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