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Bethany Groff Dorau

Author and Historian


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Bethany Groff Dorau is the author of A Newburyport Marine in World War I: The Life and Legacy of Eben Bradbury (June 2018, History Press), A Brief History of Old Newbury (History Press), and a primary contributor to the Defining Documents in American History Series.

She is the North Shore Regional Site Manager for Historic New England, based at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, and a recipient of the Pioneer in Preservation Award from the Essex National Heritage Commission and the North of Boston CVB Leadership Award. 


She has published articles in the New England Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of American History, and Historic New England Magazine. She holds an MA in History from the University of Massachusetts, and lives in West Newbury with her family.



Bethany Groff Dorau is a thorough and articulate historian who infuses her subject with the passion that motivates her. The compelling and tragic story of Eben Bradbury is tenderly told, and the incredible circumstances that reveal a whole new history of Eben and his family is truly an American tale, brilliantly told.​

Susan C.S. Edwards, Executive Director


Bethany Groff Dorau has written a beautiful and important book, which offers a fascinating portrait of Newburyport, one of its founding families, the horrors of The Great War, and her tireless efforts to tell the captivating story of a brave young marine who gave his life for his country. Dorau writes with a heartfelt emotional urgency that is quite moving. By the end of the book, I was wiping away tears. This is local history at its best. 

Eric Jay Dolin, author of
Black Flags, Blue Waters and Leviathan

As Historic New England's Site Manager for the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for many years, Bethany has brought the past alive to those of us who have had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Farm with her as our host. I don't know of anyone who has a greater love for our community's past or a greater commitment to its future than Bethany. Now, everyone has a chance to share her wealth of knowledge of Newbury, through her recently published book, "A Brief History of Old Newbury." Enjoy and we look forward to more published work by Bethany Groff.

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For any media inquiries, please contact Bethany Groff Dorau:

Tel: 978-807-2932 |  bdorau@historicnewengland.org

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