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 The island of flags at Main and Hollis Street is dedicated to all the Doctors, Nurses, Hospital Staffers, Pharmacies, Police, Firefighters, EMTs, Supermarket and Grocery Workers, Truck Drivers, Highway Workers, Electric Utility Linemen, and all the other essential workers we take for granted...
Robert Hanninen sent the Groton Herald this article from the Finnish newspaper Raivaaja reporting on the “Spanish” influenza of 1918. Bob says he ran a word search for "influenssa" and got 17 hits on the Spanish Flu pandemic. (It nearly killed my grandparents and father. Losses at Camp Devens...

Trying to impress his lady by balancing on one foot, this mallard also practices improper social distancing protocol. Photo by Nancy Ohringer


by Deborah Johnson   My daughter asked if the Covid-19 crisis is anything like the Vietnam War years when young men and their families waited to find out if they were drafted. Having lived through that era, I answered, ‘No. This is more like 1954 when there was no polio vaccine and each...

The futuristic architecture of The Music Center at Indian Hill seems to rise like a set for a Star Wars clandestine rebel hideway located on a remote but pristine planet where the underdog good guys plot their comeback. Photo taken from Groton Conservation Trust’s Bates land on the northern face of Indian Hill. Photo by Russell Harris.


A view from Gibbet Hill looking west towards Mt Watatic. Photo by Steve Lieman


by Deborah E. Johnson   For Americans, involvement in World War I was very brief, lasting only from 1917 to Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. But just before the Armistice in September 1918, another kind of war was fought on the home front as Groton, and then Massachusetts, the nation, and...
by Ellen Todd   [Note: This article is the first in a series that Ellen is writing in support of the recent two-year Native Plant Challenge started by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM.) GCFM hopes that garden club members and others will be encouraged to plant more natives in...

Photo by Connie Sartini

The following is an edited excerpt from "Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England," an ecological history of pre-colonial New England by estemed historian and former Yale and University of Wisconsin professor, William Cronon.       English settlers were...


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