The East Windsor Historical Society is excited to be hosting a book launch and author signing event Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 1-3pm to celebrate the publication of its new history book, Images of America: East Windsor.
Co-written by authors Ceil Donahue and Jessica Bottomley, the book takes readers on a journey through the past with almost 200 historical photographs tracing the history of the five distinct villages that melded together to become the town of East Windsor and its colorful inhabitants.
“Since 1680, when Simon Wolcott crossed the Connecticut River from Windsor to maintain the first farm in the soon-to- be town, a lot of time has past and history gets lost and forgotten along the way. I believe that life-long residents, as well as new residents, will appreciate this book’s format and people will be very surprised about how East Windsor was formed,” says Donahue. Donahue and Bottomley, both raised in East Windsor, compiled photographs, maps, and postcards from the collection of the East Windsor Historical Society and intertwined them with the memories, family histories and photographs they collected from members of the community. As a nod to these many
contributing residents, the authors dedicated the book to “all amateur historians of East Windsor who kept a photograph or wrote a paragraph to keep the town history alive.”
“My favorite parts,” says Bottomley, “are the unexpected tidbits of information that you’ll find throughout the book. Just tiny fragments that surprise you and make your proud to be from East Windsor.”
The Historical Society is planning quite an event with free ice cream, horse drawn wagon rides, and many other free offerings and demonstrations in celebration of not only the book’s release but the bicentennial of the East Windsor Academy and the Grand Opening of the fully restored historic Osborn House, originally built in 1785.
This event is FREE and open to the public.