Archival Center


As part of the observances of the 75th anniversary of the Siege of Bastogne, a Belgian television station has made a three-minute report about Winchester war hero John D. Hanlon and the Belgian bed sheets which helped save American lives. It includes historic photographs and film footage of soldiers donning and wearing sheets, plus views of Hemroulle and of the last known remaining pair of sheets.To watch it, click here. For a Flemish web presentation, click here. For information about the locally published version of Lt. Col. Hanlon, including Winchester’s role in the story, click here.

The Center

The Archival Center is the home of Winchester’s historical documents. Collecting and preserving materials that document all aspects of Winchester history and the lives of its residents, it is a resource for anyone engaged in research into Winchester history. The Center facilitates access to the information contained within the collections by keeping open hours, offering the services of a reference archivist to assist with questions, and by posting written histories, guides, and links for finding further information.


Research Assistance

For help with your questions, ask the Archivist or try the links provided (in the red box) to get to the right department for answers, whether it’s birth certificates, cemetery records, or something else.

Winchester Archives Online Catalog

To learn more about Winchester’s history and what is available at the Archival Center, check out the Archival Center’s online catalog. Since the catalog is a work in progress, please contact the Reference Archivist with any additional questions. For further information, click here.

Archives Exhibits

Visitors to Town Hall may view a changing exhibit of selected items from our collection on display outside the Town Clerk’s office and also see changing news and views from the Archival Center on our bulletin board located outside the Center.