Illustrated Talk:
More Than Books: Libraries, Community, and Historic Preservation

Friday, March 24
12:00 p.m.
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art

Free and open to the public

As a museum scholar, preservationist, and photographer, Bill Hosley has visited hundreds of libraries. He is fascinated by the architectural grandeur, mission, and eloquence of the libraries built during the first wave of library formation from the​ ​1870s to the 1920s. At a time when few communities had art museums, historical societies, or other ways of preserving civic treasures, these libraries did it all—cultural enrichment, preservation, community memory and, of course, books and reading.

This illustrated discussion of library history reminds us of the richness of our heritage and the commitment of our communities to learning and access to ideas.

Photo by William Hosley, St Johnsbury Athenaeum Picture Gallery