Rabbett Insurance Agency Donates $15,000 To Windsor Historical Society
Michael D. Rabbett and Shannon Rabbett of Rabbett Insurance Agency presented John Berky, President of Windsor Historical Society and Executive Director Christine Ermenc with a check for $15,000 for the Strong-Howard House restoration and re-interpretation. The project is focused on stabilizing the house and equipping it with reproductions of furnishings and household items utilized by the Howard Family in 1810 that can be touched and used by today's visitors. The goal is for school children and visitors of all ages to be able to take a step back in time to touch, smell, explore, and relive what life was like for the Howard family 200 years ago.
Rabbett Insurance Agency's support provides an added boost as the Society completes the second third of this three phased campaign, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015. The Howard family's parlor and store are complete and open to visitors; this summer, work continues on the dining room and the master bedroom which will open as hands-on spaces this fall.
"We have deep roots in Windsor and wanted to support the preservation of a significant Windsor landmark," said Mike Rabbett. "The community has embraced our initiative; we have raised $700,000 of the $775,000 we need to stabilize and maintain this historic building," noted John Berky, Windsor Historical Society President. Christine Ermenc, Society Director added, "Rabbett Insurance Agency is a model of a community-centered business. We are hoping that their generosity inspires others in Windsor's business community to step forward and join our campaign to keep the Strong-Howard House standing strong in future."
Almost 200 individuals, businesses, and granting agencies have helped make Phase 1 of the restoration and reinterpretation of the Strong-Howard house possible including Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Connecticut Humanities, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Becky and Paul Hendricks, Konica Minolta, Kate and Hugh McLean, Rabbett Insurance Agency, Town of Windsor, Windsor Federal Savings, and the 1772 Foundation.
The Windsor Historical Society, founded in 1921, invites visitors to explore the people, places, and events that have shaped Windsor for over 375 years. 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 gift shop and two historic houses open to the public: the 1758 John and Sarah Strong House and the 1767 Dr. Hezekiah Chaffee House.