This morning I will be visiting the Armenian Home in Queens, New York. It is home to a few of the remaining survivors of the Armenian Genocide. I remember first visiting a resident (and survivor) when I was a little girl. Her name was Rose and she took care of my mom and uncles. They called her ‘mama’ and loved her very much. Rose lost her children in the genocide. She was a gentle and loving woman my mother remembers vividly.
This afternoon I am honored to meet Margaret Tellalian Kyrkostas the Director and Curator of Armenia: Memories From My Home. From September 6, 1997–February 28, 1998, the Sherman Gallery at Ellis Island featured this exhibit about the Armenians and the Armenian Genocide.
Over 40 percent of America’s population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island. Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation’s premier federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, the station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers. [US National Park Service]
Armenia: Memories From My Home (Scroll down to click the links in the Table of Contents)
This unique exhibit is on permanent display at The Anthropology and Armenian Museums (The Anthropology Museum of the People of New York) at Queens College, Queens, New York. NOTE: I came across this compelling, well-organized, and comprehensive overview of Armenian History and the Armenian Genocide virtual tour of the exhibit on the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies: University of Minnesota website.