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GROTON — Dr. William Fowler will be presenting “Empires at War: The French and Indian War and the Struggle for North America” on July 11, at 7 p.m., at the Groton Public Library.

Sponsored by the Groton Historical Society, Fowler’s talk will highlight the ways the area was affected by the war.

William Fowler is the author of a number of American history books including “Under Two Flags: The Navy in the Civil War,” “Silas Talbot Captain of the Old Ironsides,” “William Ellery: A Rhode Island Politico and Lord of Admiralty,” “Rebels Under Sail: The Navy in the Revolution,” “Jack Tars and Commodores: The American Navy, 1783-1815” and “Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan.”

Fowler’s areas of expertise also include a history of the French and Indian War. He is the former director of the Massachusetts Historical Society and is a professor of American history at Northeastern University. He has taught courses dealing with the history of Boston, maritime history and the history of New England. He also teaches at Mystic Seaport Museum and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Naval War College and the Sea Education Association.

In addition, he is a trustee of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Association, the Paul Revere Memorial Association and the Old North Church Foundation. Further, he is a member of the Massachusetts State Archives Advisory Commission and an honorary member of the Boston Marine Society, as well as a consulting editor to “The New England Quarterly.”

Sponsored by the Historical Society and made possible by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund, the program is free and open to the public. For information call (978) 448-0092.

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