Back in 2012, Windsor Historical Society’s former curator, Christina Vida, was preparing the Strong-Howard House for an ambitious reinterpretation. One of the many initial steps in implementing the project was to clean out the house, including its second floor which had been used as storage space. During this seemingly routine cleanup, we made two unique discoveries.
Everyone pretends to be a wee bit Irish on March 17, but Windsor has a stronger connection to the Emerald Isle than one day of shamrocks and green attire. In fact, Irish immigrants flocked to Windsor during the 19th century looking for work and a safe place to raise their families. Twenty percent of Windsor’s population was first or second-generation Irish by 1860.
The Kibbe/Sipple Correspondence Collection consists of 26 letters written by Windsor resident Fred S. Kibbe to Mrs. Jessie Taylor Sipple during his World War I service in the US Army as part of the American [...]
The four short sketches below are examples of how World War I touched Windsor and its residents. For more stories, visit the Society’s exhibition "The Changing Face of War" on view in the our Hands-On Learning Center until September, 2017.
Trench warfare. U-boats. Doughboys. These are what typically come to mind when you consider World War I. But the George Wolf Collection at the Society goes beyond the typical and details the experiences of [...]