Windsor Historical Society celebrates Chaffee House reopening

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The Windsor Historical Society is celebrating the reopening of the historic Chaffee House and museum with a new focus. Closed for the past year, the reopening exhibit concept illuminates the Black experience in Windsor and the surrounding area. 

Two exhibits tell distinct but related stories of arrival, identity, relationships, and survival. A Home Away from Home: Greater Hartford’s West Indian Diaspora. Explore the experiences of the region’s West Indian community—Connecticut’s largest foreign-born immigrant population. Also explore preliminary concepts of Bound Together: Complexities of Black-White Relations in Early Windsor. This exhibit will explore the 18th- and 19th-century lives of the enslaved residents and the white Chaffee family members whose lives were linked by mutual dependence and shaped by Connecticut’s system of chattel slavery.

The society’s museum, historic houses and research library are located at 96 Palisado Avenue (Route 159) and are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

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