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Groton History Center; A Challenge to a President in a Divided Nation

Saturday, May 20 Groton History Center will participate in Freedom’s Way’s Hidden Treasures for 2017. This year, historian Brian L. Bixby will talk about the actions that brought about the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1868 and the role of Groton’s George Boutwell in those proceedings.

Dr. Bixby is a historian living and writing in Cambridge. Bixby has degrees from Harvard, the New School for Social Research and UMass, Amherst. He was born and raised in Groton and comes from a long line of Groton Bixbys. Boutwell House, 172 Main Street,  will be open on May 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for visitors to view renovations and the new impeachment exhibit. Dr. Bixby will give his presentation at 1 p.m. Thanks to the Groton Commissioners of Trust Funds for helping to make this possible.

Monday, May 22 Groton History Center, in cooperation with the Groton-Dunstable HS history department, will host a field trip on hometown history for five United States History I, tenth grade classes. Students will hear Dr. Brain Bixby speak at the Grange on Gov. Boutwell’s involvement with the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. They will also visit the Groton Cemetery, tour the Groton History Center exhibits and take a walking, architectural tour of Main Street with Nick Langhart. Groton History Center is pleased to partner with Groton schools to provide this learning opportunity.

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