Entering the furniture storage on the third floor still feels like I’ve stumbled upon a secret treasure trove every time I get off the elevator. Visitors on our monthly Behind-the-Scenes Tours sometimes get to experience this feeling, too, but we know that more members and visitors would love a way to learn more about this important and nationally-renown collection.The wait is over! We are excited to announce that we are presenting Focus on Furniture this fall as a series designed to highlight our furniture collections. This series will be a collaboration with the Windsor Historical Society and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, as well as with sponsors Nathan Liverant and Son, LLC, and Windsor Bank. Be sure to join us this Fall as we highlight our nationally-renown furniture collection through a series of programs designed to help you learn about the rich legacy of furniture in Connecticut, how to begin collecting furniture (or add to your collection with an eye to value and use), and techniques from centuries past in a hands-on demonstration.
The Heritage of Windsor Cabinet Makers Comes to Life: Friday, September 20, 5:30-7:00 pm
Christina Vida, Curator of Collections and Interpretation of the Windsor Historical Society, will share her insight into the restoration of the Strong-Howard House which will re-open October 5 and allow visitors to experience a hands-on historic home with reproduction pieces produced by artisans and students of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking.
Dr. Philip D. Zimmerman is a museum and decorative arts consultant, author, and nationally recognized authority on early American furniture and decorative arts. For less than the price of contemporary mass-market sofa and loveseat combo, Zimmerman can show you how to furnish your home with beautiful, well-made antiques that will fit your budget and have quality and style that lasts.
Hands-On Demonstration: The Complex Joinery and Designs of Eliphalet Chapin: Friday, November 22, 5:30-7:00 pm
Will Neptune, furniture maker, master carver, writer for Fine Woodworking magazine, and instructor for the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking’s year-long course on the Chapin High Chest, will discuss and demonstrate construction techniques that were unique to East Windsor Cabinetmaker Eliphalet Chapin in the late 1700s. The apparent simplicity of Chapin’s furniture designs belied his extensive use of simple and complex geometry to achieve the graceful final pieces that continue to inspire today’s furniture craftspeople.
Jennifer Steadman is the Adult Programs Manager at the Connecticut Historical Society