The Historical Society of Watertown will host its Annual Members Meeting with Election of Board Members on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 2 p.m. Immediately following: Screening and discussion of the documentary, “Destination Watertown: The Armenians of Hood Rubber” by Roger Hagopian.
Come join the Historical Society and the Watertown Free Public Library for this compelling program!
Watertown Free Public Library
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
123 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472
The 65-minute documentary “is a timeless and universal story of immigrants escaping genocide and persevering through the hard life of factory work in America in the early decades of the 20th century.” The film contains interviews with stories and reflections of former employees of Armenian descent and East Watertown Residents, interspersed with personal and historic photographs, maps, documents, artifacts, and images of remnants of the old factory, once the largest of its kind in the world.
A history lover since his youth, Roger is a graduate of the University of Mass. at Boston, where he received his degree in music. Hagopian has had film presentations at high schools, universities, libraries, community centers and private homes. He has created numerous family history documentaries as well as filming lectures and events in the Armenian community. “For me, video is a way of telling history that is educational, multidimensional, and compelling.”