Oral History Collection
Windsor Historical Society’s Oral History Collection is a collection of oral history interviews and other recorded memoirs, public presentations, and short historical essays that have been transcribed by Society staff and volunteers. The earliest recordings were made in 1952, and we continue to record new interviews and reminiscences to this day. Most of the recordings have been copied into a digital format.
There are currently 115 transcripts in the collection, most with a detailed index.
Oral history themes and topics include neighborhood and family history; childhood chores and fun; school days; learning to drive; hunting, fishing, and other sports; working tobacco; church activities; and fondly remembered local stores, shopkeepers, and home delivery services.
Recorded lectures and programs provide insight into history of the Lithuanian community in Poquonock; the mills along the Farmington River; the history of the Hayden Station area; Christopher Miner Spencer’s many accomplishments; and Windsor’s brickmaking industry. Some narrators offer perspective on the changes in the town of Windsor, CT during the 20th century, considering aspects such as the postwar housing shortages, race relations, and the impact of the opening of Interstate 91.
[Inventory and Abstracts]
Meet some of our interviewees and authors, and explore some excerpts and transcripts from the Oral History Collection below.