The Groton Historical Society will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at Legion Hall, 75 Hollis St. in Groton on: How does history shape the character of Groton?; A conversation about the future of our town seen through the lens of history.

The panel of Groton community members includes Peter Benedict, Earl Carter, Al Collins, Katie Ferro, Kara Fossey, Tammie Reynolds and Stuart Schulman, representing historians, preservationists, community activists, educators, with ages from teen to senior. Each panelist will present his or her view on the ways that Groton's unique history is brought to bear on the decisions that the town makes in the 21st century.

After the panel discussion, moderator Al Collins will open the conversation to audience members.

The rebuilding of the Groton Inn, the ongoing planning for the Prescott School, and the future of structures like Sacred Heart Church are some of the current issues that are influenced by the community's past.

The program is free and open to the public, and we hope you will come and share your thoughts.

The topic is timely because two weeks later, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Groton Public Library, Howard Mansfield, highly acclaimed local author of "In the Memory House" and "The Same Ax, Twice: Restoration and Renewal in a Throwaway Age," will present his ideas on how history shapes our approaches to community. The program is a partnership of the Groton Historical Society with the Groton Public Library and the Library has extra copies of his books.


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Check gpl.org/events for more information.

Both programs are open to the public. Call the Groton Historical Society at 478- 448-0092 for information or check the website: GrotonHistoricalSociety.org.