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Interior view of the 2 Football Fields Long, 86 feet high, Coliseum built expressely for the celebration of the ending of the Civil War near the location of the Prudential Center and Trinity Church in Boston where Ulysses Grant was the most honored and celebrated dignitary. After the celebration, he traveled to Groton.


by Jeffrey H. Boutwell, Ph.D.   In June 1869, Boston threw a party the likes of which the city had never seen, at least not since 1773. The National Peace Jubilee, organized by one of the first great impresarios, Patrick S. Gilmore, took place from June 15-19 in a specially built coliseum...

Pity the poor squirrel who might be of a mind to raid the Sartini bird feeder. Photo by Connie Sartini.


Two photos (top and middle) of Groton Hospital at 240 Main Street, circa 1910. Photos Courtesy of Groton History Center


by Joshua Vollmar   Construction is beginning on the former Donelan’s at 240 Main Street to turn it into Kilbourn Place. With that in mind, it seems appropriate to share the history of the building that was demolished to make way for the present structure in 1964. Best known as the Groton...

Saluting at the Mound

Driving along Groton’s Main Street every day, it is easy to become inured to our town’s beauty and the lovely colonial- era church at the corner of Main Street and Lowell Road, taking it all for granted. After all, the building looks like the cookie-cutter image of every other New England...

The Gander’s job is mostly to stand and protect. Geese are known for their long-term commitment to mates and offspring. Photo by Tom Murray.


by Mary J Metzger   Canada Geese pairs work as a team, bonding in their second year, and getting seriously down to the nesting business by their third. They have a short window in the spring to get it done, between the last gasps of cold winter and June, when they will lose their flight...
Of the many Town events and commemorations postponed or cancelled during the pandemic, twice missing the Memorial Day Parade feels like the greatest sadness. Not paying formal, communal, ritual respect on Memorial Day feels like a duty neglected, somehow like letting down Groton’s honored dead....

Sophie Puchulu [on right] shows her whimsical side with a paper mache ‘horror’ head she made using her own hair. Sophie’s imaginative sculptural talent ranges far and wide. Her talent shines in miniature jewlery she makes and sells on her Etsy site. See image page 2.


Groton Dunstable Art Student Creates Tiny, Intricate Objects From Everyday Life That Can Soothe the Soul and Be Therapeutic for Many by Robert Stewart   Life Imitates Art Far More Than Art Imitates Life  -- Oscar Wilde   I don’t want Life To Imitate Art I want Life to be Art   --...

Georgianna Boutwell. Photo courtesy Groton History Center


by Nancy Barringer   George S. Boutwell, a remarkable Groton resident and civil servant, has been the subject of a number of recent articles in this newspaper by Jeffrey Boutwell. This article focuses on his only daughter Georgianna, who also had a long, eventful life filled with public...


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