LOCAL: Groton Historical Society Hosts Talk On Local Pre-Cicvil War Crises
Groton Historical Society (GHS) will host a talk Tues., April 29, at 7 P.M. at Legion Hall, 75 Hollis St., Groton, on: "Trials of an Old New England Town in a Young Nation" by Mary Babson Fuhrer.
Mrs. Fuhrer has recently published 'Crisis of Community: Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848,' a history of Boylston MA in the decades leading up to the Civil War. Many of the concerns are the same as those in Groton at the time: slavery, changing labor force, farm to industrial economy, and they bear a startling affinity to the issues of today. The Boston Globe's reviewer observed:
Mary Fuhrer is a public historian, scholar and speaker who lives in Concord, MA. She has a B.A. in History from Princeton, an M.A. in Public History from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of New Hampshire. Her professional experience has focused on recovering the everyday life of New England's folk and helping others use primary source evidence such as letters, diaries, church and town records, wills, deeds, and material culture to tell stories from the past. She provides research and programs as a consulting historian for historical and humanities associations.
Free and open to the public thanks to a grant from Town of Groton's Trust Funds' lecture fund. Call GHS at 478- 448-0092 for more info, or check GrotonHistoricalSociety.org.