A Newburyport Marine in World War One
A Marine, A Family, and a City
Eben “Bunny” Bradbury, son of two historic Newburyport families, joined the United States Marine Corps just days after the declaration of war in April 1917. Dorau reveals a story that goes beyond a tragic battlefield death and uncovers a rich and complex American family, rooted deeply in a truly American city.
An Inheritance of Grief: Memory, Serendipity, and the Legacy of Two Battlefield Deaths
Historian Bethany Groff Dorau and writer Jessica Rotundi, both from West Newbury, MA, share the experience of deep engagement in a mysterious battlefield death that haunted and fractured families for generations. For Dorau, author of “A Newburyport Marine”, a chance encounter led to the discovery of intimate letters, personal diaries, photographs and military records, held by people across the world who had not forgotten Eben Bradbury, a young Marine killed in the bloody battle of Belleau Wood in 1918. For Rotundi, a boxes of letters, declassified CIA reports, and newspaper clippings discovered after her mother’s death led her deep into the mystery surrounding the death of her uncle Jack during the CIA-led “Secret War” in Laos in 1972. Join these two for a lively chat about memory, mystery, and how these deaths changed everything for those left behind.
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Presenters: Jessica Rotondi, Bethany Dorau
A Glimpse of 18th-Century Newbury Court Cases
Location: Plum Island Taxpayers Association (P.I.T.A.), 8 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury MA 01951
Special guest speaker Bethany Groff Dorau offers us a glimpse of 17th-century Newbury court cases. Hear the voices of the first settlers of Newbury and the surrounding towns as they give testimony in cases that scandalized their neighbors. Learn how these records offer a glimpse into the intimate lives of America’s early European settlers.
"Bethany Groff Dorau is a thorough and articulate historian who infuses her subject with the passion that motivates her."
"Dorau writes with a heartfelt emotional urgency that is quite moving..."
To Lizzie Bradbury, on Mother’s Day
Lizzie Bradbury is a ghost I conjure on Mother’s Day. I have never seen her face, but I have heard her voice. Her husband and her son spoke of her, […]
The First Newburyport Boy to be Killed in France
(Originally Posted on July 26, 2018) “On August 9, the newspaper carried on its front page the news of the battlefield death of eighteen year old Private John Henry. He […]
Remembering Eben, One Month Later
Custom House Maritime Museum, July 6, 2018. Photo Courtesy of Carrie O’Donnell (Originally posted July 15, 2019) One month ago, nearly to the day, Cynthia August and I packed up […]
Author publishes book on Port man killed in WWI – Newburyport Daily News
As I See It: Learning lessons from 1918 influenza epidemic-Newburyport Daily News
Meet Cynthia August and Bethany Dorau- Boston Voyager