For more than 25 years, the Windsor Severance Historical Society (WSHS) has strived to promote the history of Windsor and Severance so that future generations will remember and understand our heritage. A heritage that houses a vital link to our everyday lives. Like you, we understand that preserving our past––educationally and culturally––is the best way to leave a legacy, and we have an exciting new project in the works that does just that.
We have commissioned a nine-foot bronze monument that will depict the sugar beet, water and work history of the local area with prominent placement in Boardwalk Park. The sculptor on our project is 25-year-old local resident Austin Weishel, whose sculpture “Follow Your Heart” is currently housed in front of the Windsor Fire Department. Weishel, who is also a volunteer firefighter, combines his passion for both art and firefighting in many of his works, including “Ashes to Answers,” a national fire dog monument in downtown Washington, D.C., and this commission for WSHS, which will delve into history capturing the daily chore of getting water.
This project was developed to honor the Windsor-Severance pioneers who came before us. These pioneers came here with a dream, worked hard and had the foresight to understand the importance of making water and irrigation available for farmers and who transformed Windsor into the town as we know it today. It is also a way for us to thank the many volunteers who saw the need to preserve our town’s rich cultural heritage and who started this organization and the buildings and museum at Boardwalk Park.
Achieving this monumental project will take the generosity of our local residents and businesses. Without the support of community-minded individuals such as yourself, our WiSH will go unfulfilled.
Every donation will make a difference in helping us reach the $150,000 goal. Together as a community we can make it happen!
To make your contribution to the “Fulfill our WiSH ” campaign, please mail your tax deductible checks made out to the WSHS –Fufill our WiSH campaign to 501 Ash St. Windsor, CO 80550, go to our website www.thewshs.org and click on the “Fulfill our WiSH ” tab to donate online or take your check directly to the Bank of Colorado. Want to help or be involved with WSHS? Contact Sue Buxman at 970-686-2513. For more information on our statue project contact Marge Straube at 970-686-2624 or Sandy Brug at 970-686-2122.
We hope that you’ll be part of this legacy and experience firsthand the pride in retaining our heritage for future generations.
With gratitude and our sincerest thanks,
Marge Straube, Sandy Brug, Sue Buxman, & Gene Morey
The Windsor Severance Historical Society Board