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Bourdj Hammoud, 37° C: On the Trail of Ottoman Armenian Treasures

Bourdj Hammoud, 37° C: On the Trail of Ottoman Armenian Treasures

It’s likely many of you have had this same experience: You live far away from your birthplace, in a very different social environment, and when you get the opportunity to return, you are euphoric about the journey. Your imagination takes flight, and you begin to form plans in your mind—meeting friends old and new, visiting […]

Now Embarking: An Artistic Interpretation of the 1947 and 1949 Armenian Repatriation

Now Embarking: An Artistic Interpretation of the 1947 and 1949 Armenian Repatriation

I was born in 1960, in Yerevan, Armenia, yet spoke little Armenian and what I did speak was Western Armenian. As a young child, I always wondered why I came from such an exotic place when my father was born in Kenosha, Wis., and my mother was from Lyon, France. Only after years of hearing […]

Virtuous Victims? Imagining Armenians in the West

During the winter of 1902-03, small groups of Armenian refugees began arriving in Sweden, survivors of the 1890’s Abdülhamid massacres,1 and according to newspaper reports some even made it all the way to Norway.2 But it was claimed by an alleged authoritative source that such groups were not, or not necessarily, actual Armenians at all. In […]

Houshamadyan: Recreating Armenian Life in the Ottoman Empire

Houshamadyan: Recreating Armenian Life in the Ottoman Empire

An Interview with Vahe Tachjian Historian Vahé Tachjian earned his Ph.D. in history and civilization at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. His research covers the period of the French occupation of Cilicia, Syria, and Lebanon between World War I and World War II; the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire; […]

Racine man’s hand-written religious manuscripts now in Armenian Library and Museum of America

Five Armenian religious manuscripts traveled this week from Racine to Boston, where they are being donated to the Armenian Library and Museum of America. What makes these lengthy, large-format books unique is that every word in all five of them was carefully handwritten in the Armenian alphabet (invented by an Armenian monk in 405 A.D.), […]

Song and dance moves to Armenia

Song and dance moves to Armenia

Boston – There has lately been some activity surrounding the cause of what’s called “repatriation”, of having Diasporan Armenians move to the Republic of Armenia or to Artsakh. Not that that cause is new by any means, it’s just that a couple of concerted efforts over the past months has highlighted some points that seem […]

Campaign for Anahit’s return to Armenia from British Museum

I am a Pre-Med student at the University of California, Irvine studying Biological Sciences. I was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. As a child I was taken to every major museum in Yerevan. This has contributed immensely to who I have become today and why I decided to undertake this time-consuming initiative. I studied […]

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