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Groton’s Hidden Treasures

Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area has invited 45 towns and cities within its bounds to “Hidden Treasures 2017,” a month-long celebration. During May, communities across the 994-square-mile Freedom’s Way area, home to over 750,000 people, will offer free, public programs featuring “hidden treasures” in their towns.

“Hidden Treasures 2017” has over 100 programs or events. All programs free with activities centered on an individual object, document, public monument, building or landscape, highlighting exciting stories about their past.

Participating communities and organizations have selected “hidden treasures” that tell exciting or unexpected stories from its history and will share its story. “Treasures” featured: objects held in local collections, public monuments, buildings, and landscapes.

Events scheduled for Groton:
• The Essential Honeybee. Reservations required. Groton Public Library, 99 Main St., Tues. May 2, 7–8:30 PM. Learn about the vital role of the honeybee with expert Kenneth Warchol, Worcester County Bee Inspector. With honey tasting! Space limited. Brought to you by GPL.

• Birds and Nature Walk. Nashua River Rail Trail, Station Ave. parking lot, Sun. May 14, 8:30–10:30 AM. Join birding enthusiasts Russ and Wanfang Murray for a spring bird and nature walk along the Nashua River Rail Trail. Brought to you by Groton Trails Committee.

• Footprints of the Glaciers. Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row, Sun. May 14, 8–11 AM. Moderate 5-mile hike includes climbing Groton’s highest drumlin (and viewing several others in the swarm), traversing eskers, and passing by bedrock outcrops and vernal pools. Brought to you by Groton Trails Committee

• What Glaciers Left Behind. Groton Town Hall (start), 173 Main St., Sat. May 20,| 9–11:30 AM and Sun. May 21, 1–3:30 PM. An interactive Geology Bus Tour of Groton’s glacial features for geology enthusiasts of all ages. Space limited. Must pre-register at geologybustour@gmail.com. Funding by Groton Trust Funds.

• A Challenge to a President in a Divided Nation. Boutwell House, 172 Main St., Sat. May 20, 1–3 PM. Historian Brian Bixby will talk about actions that brought about impeachment of President Andrew Johnson and the role of Groton’s George Boutwell in those proceedings. Self-guided tour afterwards. Brought to you by Groton History Center.

• Gifts of the Glaciers: How Glaciers Guided Our Natural and Human History. Nashua River Watershed River Resource Center, 592 Main St., Tues. May 23, 7–9 PM. Learn how Groton’s geographic location and Ice Age glacier created a rich biological environment, unique in MA told by local experts Robert Pine, Geologist, and Michael Roberts, Archaeologist/Historian. Brought to you by Nashua River Watershed Association and Groton Conservation Trust. Visit www.discoverhiddentreasures.org for full listing of program events by town and date.

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