Windsor Historical Society announces $50,000 Grant

Windsor Historical Society is pleased to announce a grant award of $50,000 from Connecticut Humanities for the reinterpretation of the Society's 1758 Strong-Howard House. The funds will be used to furnish the home with reproductions of items used by the Howard family around 1810.


The Society has made the somewhat radical decision not to furnish this home with antiques. People of all ages have indicated in Society surveys that they prefer a more interactive experience to the standard "look, don't touch" guided tour offered in most historic homes. Instead, when they visit the Strong-Howard House, they will be invited in by a knowledgeable tour guide to explore the sights, sounds, and smells of what life was like for the Howard family. They will have the ability to explore at their own pace by pulling open drawers in a chest to discover garments and linens stored inside, reading letters and newspapers stored in Captain Howard's desk, or examining shop goods sold out of their home by the Howards. A more standard tour and a self-guided tour brochure will be offered as options for visitors as well. The Society will also host programs in which guests can participate in household activities such as candle making, washing laundry, drinking tea, and letter writing.

Lauren Miller, Program Officer at Connecticut Humanities says, "Connecticut Humanities is excited to support the reinterpretation of the Strong-Howard House as a true hands-on history center. The Windsor Historical Society really listened to members of the community who wanted a place where they can explore history by seeing, touching, and using furnishings in the house. This is a truly engaging approach to presenting the stories of people and a place that lays the foundation of today's community."

Total project costs for the restoration and reinterpretation of the Strong-Howard House are $700,000. The restoration and reinterpretation project is divided into three phases, spread over three years. This allows the Society to show project dollars at work in newly-revitalized spaces, and allows funders to spread their contributions over a three-year period. To date, $269,000 has been pledged by individuals, foundations, and businesses including Connecticut Humanities, The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the 1772 Foundation, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Windsor Federal Savings. For more information about the project, contact Christine Ermenc, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-688-3813, x. 101.

The Windsor Historical Society, founded in 1921, invites visitors to explore the people, places, and events that have shaped Windsor for nearly four centuries. The Society's museum includes

changing and permanent exhibition galleries; a hands-on history learning center for families; a research library and manuscript collection housing Windsor photographs, documents, ephemera, and genealogical materials, a museum shop and two historic houses open to the public--the 1758 Strong-Howard House and the 1767 Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House.

The Windsor Historical Society is located at 96 Palisado Avenue (Route 159) and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Tours of its two historic homes are offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.. General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and free to children under 12 and WHS members. Call (860) 688-3813 or visit us on the web at [2] for directions to the Society and more information about programs or volunteer opportunities. To receive e-reminders for public programs, please send your e-mail address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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