Fight cultural genocide: Discover these important Armenian heritage preservationists

Last week, I was invited to attend an event at the Zohrab Center in New York City. The standing room only audience heard presentations about cultural genocide from a distinguished panel of experts. Please be sure these organizations are on your Armenian heritage radar:

Zohrab Center

The Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center is a resource and research facility for the benefit of all those interested in Armenian Studies. With thousands of books, videos, maps, pictures, and other resources, the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, founded in 1987, helps researchers, academics, teachers, and the community-at-large learn about the Armenian community and its rich and noble history. Scholars, researchers and the general public are encouraged to write, phone email or visit the Center for information and material related to Armenia, its history, current events and people.

Project Save

Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives is the premier archive of Armenian photographs in the United States. Headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, Project SAVE’s mission is to collect, document, preserve, and present the historic and modern photographic record of Armenians and Armenian heritage.

Armenian Library and Museum of America

Founded in 1971, ALMA has grown into a major repository for all forms of Armenian material culture that illustrate the creative endeavors of the Armenian people over the centuries. Today, the Museum’s collections hold over 20,000 artifacts, including: 5,000 ancient and medieval Armenian coins, over 3,000 textiles and 180 Armenian inscribed rugs, and an extensive collection of Urartian and religious artifacts, ceramics, medieval illuminations and various other objects. The Library houses over 27,000 titles, an oral history collection, archival materials and various other publications.

The day after the program at the Zohrab Center, I interviewed an Armenian Genocide survivor for a book project. During our discussion, I asked him what he wants us to do as Armenians. He replied, “Learn the Armenian language…go to the Armenian church on Sundays…marry Armenian…raise your children to know the Armenian culture and heritage…”

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