Friday, November 18, 7PM.
Historian William Hosley will speak on “Why Local History Matters.” Buchanan Auditorium at the Mansfield Public LibraryConnecticut has 169 towns and as many community-based historical museums. Most are small. Many are run by volunteers. No two are alike. They preserve and present great local history stuff and stories.
William Hosley will present an illustrated talk, “Making History / Making Place: A Celebration of Connecticut’s Local Museums.” His talk will also address the question of “Why Civics and Local History Matter.” The program, sponsored by the Mansfield Historical Society, will be held at the Buchanan Auditorium at the Mansfield Public Library (54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield Center) at 7:00 p.m.
General admission is $3.00; free admission for MHS members and children under 16.
William Hosley, the principal of Terra Firma Northeast, is a cultural resource development and marketing consultant, new media expert, historian, and preservationist whose body of work has always been primarily about place – especially the Connecticut River Valley and Vermont where his career began at the VT Division for Historic Preservation in 1977. He was formerly Director of Connecticut Landmarks, where he cared for a chain of historic attractions throughout Connecticut. Prior to that, as a curator and exhibition developer at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hosley organized major exhibitions, including The Great River: Art & Society of the Connecticut Valley (1985), Sense of Place: Furniture from New England Towns (1993) and Sam & Elizabeth: Legend and Legacy of Colt’s Empire (1996).
Community-based historical organizations and house museums are Hosley’s pet passion. They function as outposts of local learning and have substantial untapped potential for advancing the goal of place-based education.