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Waterbury Public Library

Waterbury Historical Society

Yours Truly: Q&A with Obit Writer James R. Hagerty

Wednesday, May 17 at 6pm: James Hagerty at Bridgeside Books
Book Talk Q&A: Get to know how this obituary writer tells his own story and the stories of those he's never met with respect, joy, and humor.

Thursday, May 18 at 6pm: James Hagerty at The Waterbury Public Library
Writing Workshop: Tell your own story! James Hagerty gives us the How-To to start writing our own stories.

About Yours Truly:
In a surprisingly upbeat, heartfelt book about a serious subject, The Wall Street Journal’s veteran obituary writer, award-winning journalist James R. Hagerty, shares his unique skills with those who want to have the last word with flourish, honesty, and even humor.

“Write your own obituary. Intimidating? You bet. Especially if you don't think of yourself as a writer, as few do. James R. Hagerty draws on his experience writing more than 1,000 obituaries to offer tips for telling your own story. Whatever your age or health, an inventory of your life so far can help you decide if you're on the path you intended, and if you aren't, lead you to another.” —

Join us for one or both events!

17th annual Memorial Day

Ghost Walk

Monday, May 29th 11:00 am at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Duxbury 

The program will include American Legion Post 59 Student Speaker Jeswin Antony, American Legion oratorical winner for the 3rd year.

Ghost walk stories will be led by members of the Waterbury Historical Society.

This year's Ghost Walk will feature stories of immigrants buried in the cemetery, who decided to call America their home.  Discover what made them uproot their families to come to a new country, and learn a new language and culture.


Fourth of July Program


Co- sponsored by the Waterbury Historical Society and Waterbury Area Senior Center


Wednesday, June 28th 12:45 at the Senior Center on Stowe Street


The Historical Society’s Outreach Education Committee will provide a power point presentation on Waterbury Parades from our Past


There will be a sing-along of patriotic music interspersed in the program:


            America the Beautiful

            You’re a Grand Old Flag

            My Country ‘Tis of Thee

            Armed Forces medley


            And…your special requests


The Senior Center will provide a reasonably priced and delicious lunch at noon.

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