William Hosley, a museum scholar, preservationist, and photographer, will speak on Sunday, September 12 at 2 PM at the East Poultney Schoolhouse. He will examine almost 200 years of library history, with a particular focus on New England and its many municipal and research libraries.
“More than Books: Reflections on Libraries, Community and Historic Preservation” is a Vermont Humanities program co-hosted by the Poultney Historical Society and the Poultney Public Library. It provides an armchair tour of the history of libraries, the richness of New England’s heritage, and Vermont’s commitment to life-long learning and public access to the world of ideas.
The Poultney Free Library was once located in the old town hall.
The talk will be preceded by a short history of Poultney’s town library, courtesy of Library Director, Rebecca Cook. East Poultney General Store will provide light refreshments. The talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities.
For those with a particular interest in the town’s history, the Poultney Historical Society will hold its annual business meeting at 1 p.m. on the same day. The Society encourages all to attend. New members are welcome, as are volunteers for its community projects, including cemetery restoration, organizing and exhibiting the collection, and assisting with East Poultney Day.