Civil War Songs at Windsor Historical Society June 20th

Engaging and evocative, Civil War songs rank amongst the most memorable music produced in this country during the nineteenth century.  Join singer/historian Rick Spencer at 6 p.m. at Windsor Historical Society on Thursday, June 20th for a program on songs known and loved by Americans on both sides of the Civil War conflict.  Selections by popular songwriters Dan Emmett “Dixie”, Stephen Foster “The Glendy Burk”, George F. Root “The Battle Cry of Freedom”, and Connecticut’s own Henry Clay Work “Marching Through Georgia” give us remarkable insights into the character of the American people at the time of our country’s greatest and most divisive conflict.  Spencer will accompany some songs with banjo and others with guitar and provide some of the historical context for the music he plays and sings.  


The evening opens at 5:30 for refreshments, an opportunity to tour the Bridging Centuries, Bridging Cultures: 400 years of Windsor Stories exhibition to see its newest additions: Oliver Ellsworth’s Card Table and Lon Pelton’s Windsor Locks Canal model at work, and a short annual meeting beginning at 5:45.  Society members present will vote on the officer’s slate and the slate of Board members, Class of 2015, and hear from Executive Director Christine Ermenc on the year’s accomplishments and what is up and coming for 2013-14.  Windsor Historical Society members attending will receive a $4.00 off coupon good for attendance at any upcoming program at the Society, a rose, and a $10.00 discount on any store purchases made that evening.   Cost for the program is free to all Windsor Historical Society members, $6 for adults, and $5 for seniors and students.  The program is supported by a grant from Connecticut Humanities for Civil War programming.

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 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 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..