The GHS presents 4 public programs during the year with speakers that talk on a variety of topics. In keeping with its Mission, the society strives to host presentations that deal specifically with some aspect of Groton’s past. Occasionally, though, broader topics are discussed.
Most GHS programs are free and open to the public
Check back later for additional informative programming!
May 5, 2015 – Stranger in our Midst: Richard Brunton
Once described as a man of great ingenuity and skill and a fine engraver of silver, Mr. Brunton was a deserter from the British army. He and his wife Mary were warned out of the town of Groton in 1783. By the late 1780s, Brunton was working as a journeyman engraver in Connecticut where he was apprehended for counterfeiting currency on at least two occasions. Sometime in 1803, after serving a two year prison sentence, Brunton returned to Groton. This time he boarded with William Farwell where he reportedly set up yet another counterfeiting operation. In 1807, he was arrested in Boston with engraving plates and bogus bank notes and given a life sentence to MA state prison. After an early pardon in 1811, he returned once again to Groton where he resided until his death in 1832 in the poorhouse. This lecture will shed new light on his life and times and feature many works by his hand associated with Groton families. If you have information or items by Richard Brunton, please bring them with you to the talk.
Presented by Deb Child, an author, lecturer and independent curator. Her biography “Soldier, Engraver, Forger: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic” was published by the New England Historical Genealogical Society, Boston, MA.
January 13, 2015 – Early Medicine Program
Groton Historical Society sponsored a talk exploring facets of early medicine. In The “Good Old Days” of Small-Town Medicine in New England, medical scholar Constance Putnam discussed the last decade of the 18th century and the first decades of the 19th century and explained medical treatment in those days in part through the examination of the way doctors were trained and educated. Dr. Putnam is an independent scholar and researcher and is the author of numerous books and articles in the field of medical history, bioethics, and medical education. She holds a PhD from Tufts University and lectures widely on medical subjects.
In addition, there was a small exhibit of artifacts related to medical practice in Groton from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Thanks to a grant from the Commissioners of Trust Funds, this program was free and open to the public.
February 4, 2013 – How to Research the History of Your Old House, featuring Carl Flowers, the author of Groton’s Anonymous Mistress, a fascinating and very well researched history of his 1722 home on Dan Parker Road.
September 20, 2013 – Groton Historical Society Auction
July 22, 2013 – Fuller by Full Moon: 2013 Ramble Sponsored by Groton Historical Society
April 6, 2013 -19th Century American Farm Implements and their Impact on Farming in Groton–an Illustrated Talk by John Ott.
January 27, 2013 Library Program: “Margaret Fuller: An American Icon,” a talk by Nancy LeMay
January 2013 – GHS presents Neither Shays nor Rebellion
“A Glimpse Back to Simpler Times.” Held at the Groton Public Library: Excerpts from the Town Diaries, GHS, the Groton Public Library and some “friends” have shared some of their memories from holidays of many years ago.
A Teddy Bear Tea: Held at Groton Grange Hall on Dec. 28, 2012
Exploring the Groton Soapstone Quarry on Sunday, October 14 GHS presented a tour with Archeologist Marty Dudeck through the quarry site which was active from 1828 to 1868.
Birds of Groton and Ayer Revisited. On Sunday, May 6, presented by GHS and Nashua River Watershed Society
If you have ideas for an interesting future program please contact
the society at 978-448-0092 or email the Groton Historical Society.