Join Society Executive Director Christine Ermenc at the entrance of Palisado Cemetery for a tour commemorating Windsor residents who served on World War I’s battlefields and assisted at the home front. Discover the stories of Windsor residents like Harold Loomer who etched the names of all of the bases where he served onto his mess kit. Nearby is the grave marker of Dorothy Clark Hayden who served as a Red Cross nurse, and that of George E. Crosby Jr., who was appointed Director of Liberty Bonds and Thrift Stamps in Windsor during the wartime years.
H. Carleton Chidsey, valedictorian of Windsor High School’s class of 1916 and editor of the Tunxis yearbook, signed up for service and was sent to Fort Monroe in Virginia for training. On October 24, he penned a letter about his journey from Windsor and his first day of camp life. Later in the day, he was stricken with the first symptoms of the deadly Spanish Flu, and died November 1. George H. Glover Campbell did survive the war and came home to a legal practice which included service as Hartford County’s public defender, and Commander of Windsor’s Gray-Dickinson American Legion post. However, he had been severely gassed during the war and had never recovered his health. In 1930, he died at the age of 36 years.
Honor the memories of these and other veterans and Windsor home front workers by learning their life stories, then come inside to view The Changing Face of War exhibit in the cool of the Society. The exhibit is partially supported by Connecticut Humanities.
$6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 WHS members. Tour takes place rain or shine. Thunderstorms cancel.