By Alin K. Gregorian
WATERTOWN — If you live or work in Watertown, chances are you have seen Ruth Thomasian, walking briskly from one end of the town to the other. Her quests usually take her to and from Armenian establishments (including the offices of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator) where with her experienced eyes she hunts pictures for the archives of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, as well as meetings in town which champions human rights.
Her efforts have grown Project SAVE and put it on the map. Now the group, based in the Armenian Museum of America building in Watertown Square, is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday, November 21, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library in Lexington.
According to award winning writer and poet Peter Balakian, “Project SAVE is not only a photograph archive, but also serves as a witness to history. As a writer, I am deeply concerned about the preservation of Armenian artifacts and images of our history from before and during the Genocide. This is important for historians and researchers. For a great, ancient civilization that was nearly wiped off the earth in 1915, the reconstruction of our past is essential to our present and future.”