PERMANENT EXHIBIT – BRIDGING CENTURIES, BRIDGING CULTURES

Bridging Centuries, Bridging Cultures tells Windsor’s story over the past 400 years, displays treasures from the Windsor Historical Society’s collections, and links the displays to additional learning experiences at the society and other institutions.

  • Colonial Gallery - Black Patriots, Indigenous history, hands-on clothing

Each of the Society’s galleries tells a different part of Windsor’s story. The colonial gallery recounts Windsor’s founding and explores its development from a Native American home site to an English-modeled town. The post-1800 gallery follows Windsor’s history as it grew from a farming community to bustling suburb. Explore the events and meet the people that have shaped Windsor’s history.

Updated in 2024 to better represent Windsor’s diverse history with fresh images, stories, and artifacts, the refreshed exhibit expands all the excellent content from the original version with additional, often personal stories.

Stories of Windsor’s Black Revolutionary War patriots, including John Brister and Samson Cuff, now reside alongside tales of Windsor’s white patriots like Moses Wing and Daniel Bissell. Profiles of several Black community leaders such as U.S. Congressman Joseph Rainey and Dr. Beulah Winston have been added to the galleries alongside old favorite histories of the Mack family brickmakersAmy Archer-Gilligan, and many more.

Additionally, the updates include topics not previously addressed, including Windsor’s role in the witchcraft trials of Alse Young and Lydia Gilbert in the 1600s, the American Civil War, women’s suffrage leader Agnes McCormick, and a collection of oral histories by current Windsor residents from all walks of life.

Funded with generous grants from the Town of Windsor and Connecticut Humanities.

PERMANENT EXHIBIT – ACKNOWLEDGING RACISM AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

While 2020 was a year filled with many “firsts,” one important “first” for the Town of Windsor was the Town Council’s adoption of a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis on June 15. Windsor was the first municipality in the state to do so.

We’re pleased to offer an exhibit panel documenting this event, Another Windsor First: Acknowledging Racism as a Public Health Crisis.

This panel recounts the events of May-June 2020 that led to this declaration, and includes the words of Windsor residents and leaders in voicing their motivations for supporting the resolution and hopes for what changes this resolution might inspire.

We developed this exhibit with support from town staff, leaders and residents. Many thanks to the Windsor Human Relations Commission, Town Manager’s Office and Councilor Nuchette Black-Burke for their help and support, and to residents Ashanti Osbourne Martin and Melissa Strother for allowing us to include their voices.

Acknowledging Racism as a Public Health Crisis exhibit panel

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