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Upcoming events at the Groton History Center

Press release submitted by the Groton History Center

September 8, 2:00-4:00 PM – J.D. Poor Mural Reception
Groton Inn

Join the History Center to celebrate the newly-installed murals in the Groton Inn. Thanks to all our donors who supported us, Indian Hill Music, the Groton Inn and the citizens of Groton, who voted to support us with CPA money.

September 14, October 12, & November 9th, 11:00 AM – Guided Tour of Boutwell House
Boutwell House, 172 Main Street, Groton

Tour the recently renovated & decorated 1851 Boutwell House. This hour-long tour will be given by our former student intern, Joshua Vollmar, who has completed much research on the Boutwell House and the Boutwell Family, adding richly to what we had previously known.

Please consider making a donation so that we may continue to offer these special tours of the Boutwell House.

October 6, Sunday 2:00-4:00 PM – Autumn Ramble: Barn Tour

Groton History Center invites you to join our Autumn Ramble, we will visit three barns in Groton. Each stop will have an informative talk and tour. Meet at 2:00 pm at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row, to start the tour. From Williams Barn we drive a few miles to the best known barn in Groton. Our third and final stop is a new barn on Main Street where will enjoy refreshments after the talk. Directions and parking instructions will be given at Williams Barn for this drive yourself event. Please RSVP to

October 20, 2:00 PM – Annual Meeting & Painted Walls Program

Hear updates and year-end reports. Members may vote on next year’s slate of Officers and Directors. Following this brief business meeting, historic decorative painter and painted wall historian, Linda Lefko, will present an illustrated lecture on the 19th century murals of Jonathan D. Poor which decorated the walls of many buildings in New England. This program is free and open to the public.

November 3, 2:00 PM – Votes for Women: Massachusetts Leaders in the Woman Suffrage Movement
Groton Public Library, 99 Main Street

Barbara Berenson, author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers, gives local suffragists the attention they deserve and discusses the battle over historical memory that long obscured the state’s leading role. Massachusetts was at the center of the national struggle for woman suffrage. Long before the Civil War, Lucy Stone and other abolitionists launched the organized women’s movement at the first National Woman’s Rights Convention, held in Worcester. After the war, state activists founded the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association to lead campaigns across the country. Their work laid the foundation for the next generation of suffragists to triumph over tradition.

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