GROTON -- On Monday, July 22, the Groton Historical Society will sponsor another off-the-beaten path tour. The theme this year is the life and work of Margaret Fuller, transcendentalist author and 19th century Groton resident.
Participants will meet at Boutwell House at 172 Main St. at 6 p.m. to visit three sites with remarks at each by Nancy LeMay, specialist in transcendentalism.
The group will depart in a 30-passenger bus, and will return to Boutwell House by 9 p.m. Homemade shortcake and ice cream will be served at the last stop. A fee of $10 will be collected for the bus transportation on a first-come, first-served basis; others may caravan at no charge. Thanks to a grant from the Commissioners of Trust Funds, this program is free and open to the public.
From her childhood in Cambridge and Groton to her stint in Rome as an expatriate journalist during the Roman revolution of 1848, Fuller became a force for social justice and a ground-breaking pioneer on women's rights. Her journals and correspondence paint a vivid picture of what her life was like in Groton, from her schooling at Miss Prescott's Seminary for Young Girls to that of a young woman living on the family farm in Groton.
She was the first woman journalist for Horace Greeley's New York Daily Tribune and an outspoken feminist. She made her mark with the publication of her book "Woman in the Nineteenth Century in 1845," considered the foundation for the women's rights movement in America. Her publication had profound influence on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
LeMay discovered Fuller 10 years ago while researching the New England transcendentalists. She questioned why she and many others had heard so little of this woman considering her dynamic presence in American intellectual life until her untimely tragic death at 40.
LeMay lectures on the utopian communities of Bronson Alcott's Fruitlands in Harvard, and George Ripley's Brook Farm of Agriculture and Education in West Roxbury, the New England transcendentalists and Fuller.
For information, go to grotonhistoricalsociety.org or call 978-448-0092.