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Notice Otis Event Keeping Faith: Houses of Worship & Historic Preservation

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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May 13, 2021 @7 PM via Zoom

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Keeping Faith: Houses of Worship & Historic Preservation

                                                 -Gail Gelburd



Houses of worship have defined the cultural and spiritual aspirations of communities throughout the world and throughout human history. They usually represent the pinnacle in artistic achievement for that community. St. Paul’s represents that expression for the town of Otis. William Hosley has become interested in this church and will share a program that he created to underscore the importance of historic resources that are derived from faith traditions. He was inspired by the archives of Yale Professor Edmund Sinnott, who spent 30 years studying and photographing New England meetinghouses and churches while gathering information for a book on that subject. The many related images that Hosley will show, will dazzle audiences with their evidence of architectural beauty, foster care for these buildings, and bring awareness to the importance of houses of worship as civic, cultural and architectural landmarks. This talk will encourage the continuing use of historic architecture to stimulate imagination about complementary or adaptive reuse, building bridges of understanding between the faith and historic preservation communities.


The second part of the program will connect Hosley’s presentation with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the center of Otis. In 1827, this church was erected by a dozen members of its congregation, building it themselves with hand hewn timber from their own property. Its elegant simplicity includes large Gothic windows and spires which rise from the roof. The Otis Historic Commission and Otis Preservation Trust are working tirelessly towards the preservation, renovation, and repurposing of this iconic building. The hope is for it to become the Otis Community Center. A presentation will be given about the history of the church, the unique organ that graced the church, and the chandelier that was brought to it from the Old North Church in Boston, during the time of Paul Revere. Members of the community will also be invited to share their memories of the church.


William Hosley, the main speaker, is a cultural resource development and marketing consultant, historian, writer, and photographer. He is passionate about local history and historic preservation and has developed a deep attachment to dozens of places worth caring about. He was formerly Director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks, where he cared for a chain of historic attractions. Prior to that, as a curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum, Bill organized major exhibitions. An expert in heritage tourism, Bill has studied, lectured and advised museums and heritage destinations around the country. Bill has also served as a content specialist for PBS, BBC and CPTV film documentaries.


Please join us for this fascinating talk, which will put St. Paul’s Episcopal Church into context and highlight the need for restoring this iconic building. The presentation will be on Zoom on May 13 at 7 PM. The link for the zoom is below and  will also  be on the website for the Otis Preservation Trust, the sponsor of this program. Just go to the website: optin.today and click on Notice Otis Events! The link can also be found on this Town of Otis website. For more information you can email contact@optin.today


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May 13
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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1 North Main Road
Otis, 01253 United States
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