A great way to tell the modern history of this town is to hear from its residents. This column will regularly highlight some of the interviews we have conducted during our centennial and beyond.
Our centennial celebration was a success in a variety of ways, and collecting 55 Windsor stories is an incredible accomplishment that we continue to be overjoyed about. By way of our “Story Sharing Tent” that traveled to five separate locations, we connected with a wide range of individuals, all of whom had a unique and significant Windsor story.
This innovative approach to oral history allowed us to paint a vivid picture of the Windsor experience and show how it varies from person to person. It also revealed one sentiment that remained constant for many interviewees: an overall appreciation for the town and how far it has come over the years.
Several individuals cited a strong sense of community within Windsor and an optimistic view of the direction it is heading in. Others recollected cherished memories of their childhood and shared why it was a great place to raise their families. The major takeaway from this endeavor was that every person has a story worth sharing, and by preserving these oral histories, we are giving future generations useful insight into what life was like during our time.
Each Windsor story is incredibly valuable, and we want to emphasize that by sharing impactful quotes from a few of our interviews. Here is some of what people had to say.
These oral histories provide an excellent opportunity for us to learn from each other’s experiences, and this can foster a stronger sense of community within Windsor.
If you would like to view some of the Windsor Stories in full, visit our YouTube channel. We will continue to upload more clips and interviews as we are able.
By Sulema DePeyster, community history specialist, 2021