American Cultural Material and Why It Matters

  • Mar 31 - Apr 14, 2022
  • Eastern Standard Time

Ticket Price $10.00-$12.00 This event is now over

History and memory are traditionally made from written records - letters, government documents, newspapers, diaries, account books and more. These are the primary tools of historians - but they are not the only tools. Cultural material - art, architecture, artifacts, and archaeology - also preserve and reveal the shape of time. They are living remnants of the past that raise questions and cover aspects of the past not easily found in the written record. The lives of ordinary people, workers, women, the enslaved, children, craftsman, artists, rural people, real people (and not just movements), soldiers, etc. Many objects have back stories that are riveting, suggestive, authentic, personal, and grounded in the places and times when they were made. Historian William Hosley will take a deep dive into the past in this fascinating three-part virtual series. 

About William Hosley

William Hosley is a historian, preservationist, writer, and photographer. He was formerly director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks, where he cared for a chain of house museums. Prior to that, as a curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum, Hosley organized The Great River: Art & Society of the Connecticut ValleyThe Japan Idea: Art and Life in Victorian America, and Sam & Elizabeth: Legend and Legacy of Colt's Empire, a project that spawned the Coltsville National Park. Hosley is writing a book about the public work of local history and how it restores public spirit, one great place at a time. He has been a thought leader in the placemaking and #LearnLocal movements and served on the advisory committee of the State Office of Culture & Tourism. 

Date & Time

Mar 31 - Apr 14, 2022

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