Chapter 33 of Martha’s Children, and taking on a historical character

Martha Fokker is not the most trusting of people. When her friends and allies start disappearing, she suspects foul play. Well, if there wasn’t foul play before, there will be by the time Martha gets finished! And Make Love Not War also takes a bow in chapter 33 of Martha’s Children, a story of Chicago cops, vampires, sorcerers, and disused basements.

Boutwell in the 1870s

Boutwell in the 1870s

I’m on the road for the weekend. My home town’s historical society has asked me to portray the town’s most politically important historical figure, George S. Boutwell (1818 – 1905). Never heard of him? Most people haven’t. Probably his proudest moment was his role in helping to secure the rights of the former slaves after the Civil War through the adoption of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution, which ensured that the former slaves would be citizens with the same right to vote as free whites. He also served on the committee in the House of Representatives that impeached President Johnson in 1868; a picture of that committee, with Boutwell in the center, serves as the banner picture for my other blog, No Humble Opinion.

Boutwell’s house serves as the town historical society’s headquarters. I’ll be spending a day there, portraying Boutwell at his ease in the 1880s, greeting visitors and talking about life as a lawyer, elder statesman, family head, and gentleman-farmer in the small farming community that Groton, Massachusetts was in the 1880s.

Boutwell House Groton Historical Society (photo: John Phelan)

Boutwell House
Groton Historical Society
(photo: John Phelan)


About Brian Bixby

I enjoy history because it helps me understand people. I'm writing fiction for much the same reason.
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6 Responses to Chapter 33 of Martha’s Children, and taking on a historical character

  1. suzy beal says:

    I wish I could be there to meet “Mr. Boutwell” and hear him speak.

  2. Judy says:

    Ditto Suzy…..what fun that would be!

  3. crimsonprose says:

    And I’ll wager you loved every moment of it. Oh, to act out an historical person. Which sets me thinking to who I’d most like to portray – apart from Bouddica. I think it would be Gunnhild Haroldsdochta (King Harold’s daughter). I trust that your weekend went well.

    • Brian Bixby says:

      It did. My performance went off quite well, even though I did get some questions I couldn’t answer. (I take refuge in the fact that no one else knows the answers, either.) The Society enjoyed it immensely. And the costume worked well. By now, you’ll have seen some pictures on a subsequent post.

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