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William Hosley, the principal of Terra Firma Northeast, is a cultural resource consultant, planner, writer, historian, speaker, preservationist, photographer, exhibition developer and material culture scholar. He was formerly Director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks where he cared for a chain of historic attractions throughout Connecticut. Prior to that, as an award-winning curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum, Bill organized major exhibitions including The Great River: Art & Society of the Connecticut Valley (1985), The Japan Idea: Art and Life in Victorian America (1990), and Sam & Elizabeth: Legend and Legacy of Colt's Empire (1996). As an expert in heritage tourism, Bill has studied, lectured and advised hundreds of museums and heritage destinations around the country. He has developed successful organizational development plans for numerous cultural attractions including the Butler-McCook House & Garden (Hartford, CT), the Nathan Hale Homestead (Coventry, CT), the Colt Collection at Wadsworth Atheneum and Coltsville National Historic Park (Hartford), and the New Haven Museum (New Haven, CT). He has assembled project teams involving architects, engineers, appraisers, conservators, exhibition designers, planners and scholars to address the complex needs of projects that need and get transformational change. He welcomes the challenge of turnaround situations involving high value / high need cultural resources.
Terra Firma Northeast
Cultural Resource Development & Marketing Consultant
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