Collective Memory Project

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What's your Watertown? The Watertown Free Public Library is embarking on a mission to collect photos and stories from your lifetime to preserve in our permanent digital collection. The story of Watertown lives in its people, and that means you—your family, your memories, and your experiences. 



Your part: Do you live here? Work here? 
Choose 3 personal photos to contribute to the collection!



Two Ways to Contribute Photos:

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Bring them to the Library
(for physical photos)

Drop your photos at the library, with:

You can fill these out in advance or when you get here. We’ll scan your photos and have them ready for pickup within the week.

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Upload them online 
(for digital photos)

Share your favorite digital snapshots, Instagram pics, and flip phone photos!

Click the "upload" button to contribute three born-digital photographs to the collection. Please note that you must be at least 13 years of age to contribute.

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Call for Volunteers! Help us make sure every person is included in the Watertown Collective Memory Project by becoming an Engagement Volunteer.


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The Watertown Collective Memory Project by the Watertown Free Public Library is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


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