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Exploring Connecticut’s Towns–Windsor!

Saturday, April 4, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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Windsor, CT

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn, presents “Exploring Connecticut’s Towns”, a new series that will look at natural and cultural history from a local perspective. The next town to be explored is Windsor, CT on Saturday, April 4, 10 am to 12 noon. Christine Ermenc, Director of the Windsor Historical Society, will lead the tour.

In each of Connecticut’s 169 towns, the relationship between the State’s natural and cultural history plays out in unique ways. From the indigenous peoples arriving after the glaciers receded and the European explorers and settlers establishing colonies in the New World, to the innovators of the industrial revolution leading to the present day, Connecticut is steeped in history. Join us as we explore Connecticut’s towns and learn about the people and environments that have shaped and continue to shape the Constitution State.

The fourth town in the Exploring Connecticut’s Towns series is Windsor. Land and water shaped Windsor’s settlement patterns from its earliest years. The juncture of the Connecticut and the Farmington Rivers, with adjacent meadowlands, attracted first the Native Americans, and then Connecticut’s first English settlers to this region in 1633. The tour will focus on Windsor’s historic Palisado Green, named for the fortified palisade built to protect settlers during the Pequot War of 1637. On North Meadow Road, the oldest road in the colony, we will explore the 18th and 19th century architecture that rings the green and visit the Palisado Burying Ground, which holds the oldest surviving Connecticut gravestone dated 1644. The tour will conclude in the Windsor history galleries of the Windsor Historical Society, providing a glimpse of over 400 years of evolution in Connecticut’s earliest English settlement.

The program fee is $15, $10 for Museum members. Advance registration is required. This program is for adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For further information visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860.486.4460.

Contact:

860.486.4460 - www.mnh.uconn.edu

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), History Department, UConn Master Calendar

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