Libraries, Communities & Historic Preservation presentation

Vernon - posted May, 16 2011

"More than Books: Libraries, Community & Historic Preservation," will be presented by William Hosley, president of Terra Firma Associates, on May 22 at 2 p.m., following a short business meeting at the Vernon Historical Society's building at 734 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the society at 860-875-4326 or e-mail
This program will trace almost 200 years in American library practice with a special focus on New England and its many municipal, historic and specialty research libraries. As a museum scholar, preservationist and photographer, William Hosley has visited hundreds of libraries. Hosley is fascinated by the architectural grandeur, mission and eloquence of the libraries built during the first wave of library formation from the 1870s-1920s.
The program will illustrate and discuss dozens of libraries in Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, and beyond plus several specialty libraries like the Auerbach Library at Wadsworth Atheneum, the Whitney Library of the New Haven Museum and the Connecticut State Library and Museum. This armchair tour and discussion of library history reminds us of the richness of Connecticut's heritage and the commitment of our state to life-learning and access to ideas.

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