Thanks to our wonderful Centennial Celebration Committee, the Society’s 100th anniversary will be a celebration of the whole Windsor community! Led by co-chairs Agnes Pier and Florence Barlow, the committee (see sidebar) is planning a series of events at locations throughout town as well as a Society birthday party at the museum and a big culminating event on Palisado Green in October!
Throughout all of our strategic and centennial planning it was clear that members of the Windsor community were interested in highlighting Windsor’s neighborhoods and the town’s many diverse cultures and personal histories. While today’s Windsor has many neighborhoods and villages, the celebration will focus on five historic villages, and the Society’s celebration will bring history to where people live – neighborhoods from Wilson to Hayden Station and from Rainbow and Poquonock to Windsor Center.
Themed as “Windsor on the Move: Sharing Stories in Windsor Neighborhoods” each event will include exhibits and samples of what makes each neighborhood unique, plus partner exhibits, food, opportunities for residents to share their Windsor story and add their photo to the giant “Where’s Your Windsor” map, and more. By the time of the culminating event on Palisado Green on October 9, we hope to have filled the giant Windsor map with photos of hundreds of Windsor’s diverse residents of all ages, and collected dozens of people’s stories. The culminating event will include partner exhibits, a special tent for each Windsor village, live music, food, student exhibits, and lots of fun!
Of course there will also be a birthday party for the Society as it turns 100 on September 1, 2021, the anniversary of the organization’s founding meeting. Themed as “Stepping into the Next Century Together” the Windsor Historical Society’s 100th anniversary celebration and centennial exhibit grand opening will feature champagne and birthday cake as we honor past Society leaders, explore the Society’s first 100 years in our fascinating new exhibit, and look toward our exciting future. This will be a wonderful opportunity for Society members and guests to celebrate the past 100 years and remember good times together.
We hope you will join us for these events. And as you might expect, it will be a lot of work too, so if you’d like to join the committee in helping with an
event in your neighborhood or perhaps the big birthday bash, please let any member of the committee know. We’d love to have you!
By Doug Shipman, executive director