Friday May 4, 7:30pm Buchanan Auditorium
Free to Historical Society Members $3 for Non-Members
We once again welcome back historian and popular speaker, William Hosley. His program will focus on one of our earliest native arts – the fashioning, decoration and inscription of grave markers, tombstones and monuments. This program explores the diverse stylistic traditions in dozens of small shops that produced gravestones from the mid-17th century to the advent of the industrial age during the mid-19th century.
It chronicles the transformation of gravestone making from a domestic craft to a modern industry and offers insight into the domestic life, taste and cultural values of Connecticut’s peoples. From the earliest work of Connecticut stonecutters like the Griswolds of Windsor and the Stanclifts of Middletown, to the rise of elegance and refinement in the baroque styles of Thomas Johnson and Michael Baldwin, the flowering of Connecticut folk expression in the hands of Benjamin Collins, Josiah Manning and Obadiah Wheeler, to the development of a mass export industry by the Bolleses and Battersons of New Preston, the story of Connecticut gravestones is a chain of innovation and expression.
William Hosley is a cultural resource development and marketing consultant, social media expert, historian, writer, and photographer. He is passionate about local history and historic preservation. He was formerly Director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks, where he cared for a chain of historic attractions. Prior to that, as a curator and exhibition developer at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Bill organized major exhibitions including The Great River: Art & Society of the Connecticut Valley (1985), The Japan Idea: Art and Life in Victorian America (1990), and Sam & Elizabeth: Legend and Legacy of Colt’s Empire (1996). Bill has also served as a content specialist for PBS, BBC and CPTV film documentaries.
Please join us for this exciting program. We hope they will whet your appetite for our upcoming summer exhibits.
Location: Mansfield Library Buchanan Auditorium, 54 Warrenville Road Mansfield Center, CT