Osher Lifelong Learning in Waterbury, CT

Story Chip's commitment to creating an archive of our stories in a living, historical record has expanded into authoring curriculum designed to increase participation not only in Story Chip, but gathering history for other audiences. We are delighted to team with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute branch at the University of Connecticut campus in Waterbury.

Lifelong Learning at University of Connecticut


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Connecticut is a member-driven, community- responsive program offering non-credit learning experiences (courses, lectures, and special events) for older adults who want to engage socially and intellectually with their peers as teachers and learners. Situated on an intimate, state-of-the-art university campus with traditional-age students and research faculty, OLLI also provides fertile ground for an intergenerational interaction and exchange of ideas. The urban campus reaches out to a diverse region which provides opportunities for partnership with other cultural, educational, and arts organizations. OLLI at UConn is housed at the University of Connecticut in downtown Waterbury, CT

As an organization dedicated to an educational mission, we honor the importance of legacy and the preservation and transference of knowledge, history, and experience though written and oral history.  Our members have decades of life experience that serve as inspiration to others.  We are pleased to see our members volunteer to participate in Story Chip.

Brian G Chapman, Ed.D., Director


Information on the Bernard Osher Foundation's support of OLLI from their web page or find the nearest OLLI program on an interactive map.

This is a brief example of the work done by OLLI members. Links for additional Story Chips are below.


The sixties for me was a time of stabilizing my personal life. In 1960, I was twenty-eight, newly married, a substitute teacher and looking for a permanent job. But some things happened that were newsworthy and I participated in them. I voted for the first Catholic President and waited on South Main Street in Waterbury at 2:00 AM for his motorcade to arrive. Three years later, I was at Polk School in Watertown along with all Watertown teachers who were gathered in the cafeteria there for an in-service meeting. It was about 1:00 and we were all waiting for the Superintendant to start the meeting. Just before he arrived, the picture of the President fell off the wall and five minutes later, Dr. Briggs announced the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

A very weird coincidence-or was it?

Bob Grady, 2013

Click these links for more stories from each of these OLLI authors.

Richard Adamski

Robert Blake

Bob Grady

Evelyn Marshak

Irene Murray

Charles Miceli

Add your story to this page!

Comment on this Story

Add a New Comment

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License