Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Grand Opening for New Windsor History Exhibition

On Tuesday September 27th from 5 p.m to 7 p.m., Windsor Historical Society unveils its new Windsor history exhibition Windsor: Bridging Centuries, Bridging Cultures showcasing 400 years of Windsor stories. Join them at the exhibition’s free opening party, enjoy refreshments and help us celebrate Windsor’s long and fascinating history!

The exhibition features people from Windsor’s distant and more recent past from the River Indians who encouraged English settlement in the 17th century and guided Plymouth traders to Windsor in 1633 to Bill Best, Windsor’s first African-American policeman. Discover how rivers, canals, trolleys and the interstate highway system shaped Windsor and hear excerpts about life in 20th century Windsor from fascinating oral histories in the Society’s library collections. View rare Windsor maps, clothing, and home furnishings and handle reproductions that are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Learn more about Windsor products like tobacco, brick, and long underwear. The exhibition has been designed to accommodate our growing audience of school children and appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Windsor area residents, history buffs, and family audiences all will find things to enjoy in Windsor: Bridging Centuries, Bridging Cultures.

The Windsor Historical Society is located at 96 Palisado Avenue (Route 159) and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free to children under 12 and WHS members. Call (860) 688-3813 or see www.windsorhistoricalsociety.org for directions to the Society and more information about programs.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Reminder -- Fall Program September 24

Finalize your plans now to join the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor and Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council for a day-long genealogy seminar Saturday, September 24 at La Notte Restaurant, East Windsor, CT. The program is being held in conjunction with DFAW’s annual meeting. We will have three speakers, including a rare opportunity to hear Robert Charles Anderson of the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Great Migration Study Project fame! The program includes:

"THE PRESERVATION LIBRARIAN’S PICNIC BASKET," Jane F. Cullinane, Preservation Librarian at the Connecticut State Library.

“OUR SPIRITUAL LEGACY FROM COLONIAL TIMES: THE NEW ENGLAND WAY IN CHURCH AND TOWN,” Rev. Gordon Bates, First Congregational Church, Glastonbury, Connecticut.


Please share information about this special program with others. Let your family, friends, and colleagues know that everyone is invited – you don’t have to be a member of DFAW or CPGC to attend. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Donna Holt Siemiatkoski Acquisition Fund, and the fee is $50 which includes coffee and pastries, program, and luncheon. Pre-registration is required; registrations must be postmarked by September 16. A registration form is attached. For details, see http://dhs10.weebly.com/

We hope you can join our September 24 seminar, but donations to the “Donna Fund” to help continue the legacy are welcome whether or not you can attend.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


The first generation of New England settlers were faced with many challenges, among the most important of which was creating new institutions of government, without many of the restraints of their English heritage. One of the most important of these was the New England town. These settlers kept extensive records as they built their towns, records which captured an astonishing range of information. As the towns and higher levels of government matured, these records evolved as well, moving from their beginnings as a hodge-podge of daily activities to the careful segregation of different town functions into different sets of records. We will examine the ways in which the Connecticut and New Haven towns handled matters of land distribution, probate proceedings, depredations of livestock, community disputes and a wide range of other activities, and finally how modern researchers can access and utilize this wide range of information.

Robert Charles Anderson MA, FASG, graduated from Harvard University, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, from the last of which he received an MA in history. He is a fellow and former president of the American Society of Genealogists and is co-editor of The American Genealogist. He is Director of the Great Migration Study Project of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, a research program which has the goal of creating comprehensive genealogical and biographical sketches for all immigrants to New England between 1620 and about 1643. He resides in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

For more information and registration form, see http://dhs10.weebly.com/

Friday, September 9, 2011


The second speaker at the DFAW/CT Professional Genealogists Council joint program on Sat. Sept. 24 is Rev. Gordon Bates of the First Congregational Church, Glastonbury. In popular jargon, the term “Puritanical” suggests a rather negative image of a sour, authoritarian and prudish kind of person. A closer look at the first settlers in Massachusetts reveals a different picture. Being puritanical might not be so bad after all.

Rev. Gordon Bates is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His credentials for speaking about our Puritan heritage come from two sources. First, a major aspect of the UCC’s background is the development of the Congregational Church, drawn from the Puritan and Pilgrim communities of the 17th century. Second, thirty of Gordon’s fifty-two years of his ministry were devoted to work with a private, non-profit social service agency in the field of criminal justice known as the Connecticut Prison Association. He is currently writing a history of the organization, dating from 1875 to the present. Much of his research has been in colonial roots of our system of justice. He lives in East Hartford with his wife, Wanda.

For more info and registration form, see http://dhs10.weebly.com/

Thursday, September 8, 2011


One of the speakers at the joint DFAW/Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council joint program on Saturday, September 24 is Jane F. Cullinane, Preservation Librarian at the Connecticut State Library. Jane will provide an overview of the importance of proper storage and handling for the books, photographs and other treasures left to us by our grandparents using the contents of her “picnic basket”.

Ms. Cullinane has been involved in preservation activities at the Connecticut State Library since joining the Connecticut Newspaper Project in 1991. She became Preservation Librarian in 1999 and oversees binding, newspaper microfilming and simple book repair, and coordinates the agency disaster plan. Her office is increasingly involved in digital projects with some volumes going out for scanning and others being scanned in-house. Ms. Cullinane holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Master of Science in Library Science from Simmons College.

For more information about the program and a downloadable registration form, see http://dhs10.weebly.com/ (please share this URL with friends and family who may be interested in the program).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Reminder -- Fall Program September 24

Reminder -- Join the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor and Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council for a day-long genealogy seminar Saturday, September 24 at La Notte Restaurant, East Windsor, CT celebrating the 10th anniversary of the “Donna Holt Siemiatkoski Acquisition Fund” and offering three great speakers. For details and registration form, see http://dhs10.weebly.com/