In the Times: New podcast polishes past for history buffs

Exciting news for local historians and others interested in history: The Times has begun a new podcast called “Recorded History,” in which we interview local people who either have been a part of or are writing about historical events.

In the first podcast, scheduled for release sometime around Veterans Day, I interview Jim Streeter, Groton’s town historian and former mayor, about his new book, “Remembering Our Veterans.” The book, not yet finished, is a compilation of information about Groton’s 80-some-odd memorials to veterans and the wars in which they fought.

Streeter had some very interesting information about the memorials, including a few that are mostly inaccessible to the public because they are at the Naval Submarine Base or Electric Boat. Memorials, he said, go back to the Revolutionary War, and though he stuck mostly to ones in Groton, he did research some nearby Civil War memorials that listed Groton men.

Streeter, who writes a monthly column for the Times called “History Revisited,” also talked about his recent donation of a huge trove of historical materials to the Groton Public Library, told something about his family’s history and said his next project will likely revolve around the various bridges that have crossed the Thames River over the years.

We will be looking for other guests to be part of our podcasts, which will be available at theday.com/podcasts, so if you have a story to tell, email me at recordedhistory@theday.com.

We are also always interested in comments and critiques about our podcasts, which is a new thing for our region, so email me at l.howard@theday.com for feedback. And don’t be shy: History is not for the faint of heart.

Lee Howard is The Day’s community editor.

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