Annual Members Meeting with Election of Board Members, Volunteer Recognition Awards and May Public Program

A Look at Ourselves:  The Armenian Genocide and Cultural Preservation
A presentation by Ruth Thomasian, founder and CEO of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
6:30 PM Annual Members Meeting
6:45 PM Volunteer Recognition Awards
7:00 PM May Public Program
The Apartments at Coolidge School Auditorium
319 Arlington Street
Watertown, MA 02472

The Historical Society is pleased to acknowledge the important work of its volunteers in a public ceremony

The volunteer recognition will be followed by a presentation by Ruth Thomasian, who will discuss the challenges of preserving heritage and history when the lifeblood of a culture has been destroyed by genocide.  Ruth, a second-generation Armenian American, will document her unique method of putting the broken puzzle of history back together by collecting and documenting Armenian family photographs.  She will share her journey from ignorance about Armenian culture to becoming an expert in Armenian social history.  With her innumerable connections to people's stories, her focus will be on photos with Watertown connections that tell of lives lived in the homeland, as well as in diaspora.

Ruth will begin with photographs about her own family's roots in Watertown, then move on to photographs from other Watertown Armenian families, sharing stories she has heard at their dining room and kitchen tables.  Their stories reveal so much about human psychology and resiliency and, in many ways, so much about our own lives and how we perceive ourselves--truly A LOOK AT OURSELVES.

This meeting and program are free and open to the public.
For more information, call Joyce at 781-899-7239.