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Windsor Historical Society Gets Huge Boost to Historical Renovation Effort

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has positioned the Windsor Historical Society one step closer to transforming how people experience historical education in Windsor.

The Windsor Historical Society has announced the receipt of the largest grant in its 92-year history.

The grant, provided by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, came in the amount of $220,000, and was awarded for the Society's efforts to breathe life into Windsor's Strong-Howard House.

“Early support for any campaign creates a ripple effect, encouraging others to support the project,” notes John Berky, Windsor Historical Society’s Board president. “Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s early and generous support has proven transformational to our campaign to save the Strong-Howard House.”

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving grant has positioned the Historical Society and its supporters well in reach of fully funding the $750,000 renovation project. To date, $600,000 has been raised, according to the Society.

The Strong-Howard House was officially re-opened to the public on Oct. 5, following the completion of the first phase of the three-phase project to transform the historical-education experience in Windsor.

Phase one of the project included stabilizing the house’s siding, framing and sills, and upgrading electrical utilities.

Complete with reproduction furniture and other belongings the family of Windsor's Nathaniel Howard would have owned, the Strong-Howard House project is meant to produce a living museum — an historically-accurate environment in which visitors can sit at the Howards' dining table, try out the beds and take part in household activities of the time, including hearth cooking.

In addition to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, more than 100 granting agencies, businesses and individuals have contributed to the restoration of the Strong-Howard House, including Connecticut Humanities, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Becky and Paul Hendricks, Konica Minolta, Kate and Hugh McLean, Lu and Mike Rabbet, the Town of Windsor, Windsor Federal Savings and the 1772 Foundation.

Roughly $150,000 is still needed to complete the remaining phases of the project.

According to the Historical Society, those interested in supporting the restoration of the Strong-Howard House can contact Historical Society Executive Director Christine Ermenc at 860-680-3813, x101 or by e-mailing cermenc@windsorhistoricalsociety.org. 

The Windsor Historical Society is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and free for kids 12 and under, teachers and Society members.

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