Category: history

Unseen Armenia: Kamaris – Akori

Unseen Armenia: Kamaris – Akori

By Hovsep Daghdigian KAMARIS, Armenia — Kamaris is a village in Kotayk marz (province) with a population of about 2,000, according to figures from 2001. There are reportedly Bronze Age tombs in the vicinity. Atop the hill past the old and new cemeteries are scant remains of an old Persian settlement. Adjacent to the old […]

CA Legislature Allocates $10 Million for Human Rights Curricula, Genocide Education Training, Museum

CA Legislature Allocates $10 Million for Human Rights Curricula, Genocide Education Training, Museum

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislature passed AB 97, the Budget Act of 2017 on June 15, which allocates $10 million to support the History-Social Science curriculum framework, as well as regional trainings and professional development available for teachers and administrators with an emphasis on the Armenian Genocide and other human and civil rights issues. The […]

Armenians Worldwide Celebrate Republic Day on May 28

Armenians Worldwide Celebrate Republic Day on May 28

YEREVAN (Armenpress) — On May 28 Armenians worldwide celebrated the 99th anniversary of establishment of the First Republic of Armenia and the historical victory in the battle of Sardarapat. On May 28, 1918, with the victory in the battles of Sardarapat, Bash Aparan and Gharakilisa, the Armenian people’s independence was restored which had been lost more than nine centuries before. Together with soldiers, families, elderly people, children, women were in the battlefield. Defeating the Turkish army in Sardarapat the Armenian forces managed to prevent the Turkish invasion in South Caucasus and save Armenia from total elimination. On May 28, 1918, the Armenian National Council declared in Tbilisi the First Republic of Armenia. Hovhannes Kajaznuni was the first Prime Minister of Independent Armenia. On May 28, traditional ceremonies are being held across Armenia and Artsakh in memory of fallen Armenian heroes. The Armenian high­ranking leadership visits Sardarapat memorial to pay tribute to the memory of fallen heroes. Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan congratulated the Armenian people on the occasion. “May 28 is the most important milestone for the foundation of our statehood and democracy. Despite all difficulties and challenges, our people in 1918 heroically received their inalienable right to live and have future. Today, we ought to continue that path […]

National Gallery of Armenia Holds Virtual Tour of Western Armenian Monuments

YEREVAN (NEWS.am) — The 360° images of cultural monuments of Western Armenia and Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia will be exhibited in the National Gallery of Armenia from May 16 to June 16. Last year Ucom LLC and 360°Armenia implemented a rather important project aimed at finding out what the generations know about their historical homeland, […]

Victoria Varjabedian: An Armenian Mother

Victoria Varjabedian: An Armenian Mother

By Sissag Varjabedian BEIRUT — On January 16,1971, in this damp cold Beirut winter, we buried an Armenian mother endowed with singular capacities — my mother or Mairig, as we, her children, used to call her. Being one of her children and, particularly, an Armenian man, public servant and writer, I am impelled to put […]

Microcapsule of History the Size of a Postcard

Microcapsule of History the Size of a Postcard

By Arto Manoukian MONTREAL — The granddaughter of an Armenian family which survived the Genocide recently came across a box of memorabilia from a survivor grandfather. Mary Alice Selyian is the granddaughter of Megerditch Selyian, then of Boston, who received a postcard from his brother, Haroutyoun Selyian of Ismid, Turkey (Izmit, a city in Turkey, […]

TCA Hosts Debut Presentation of Khatchkar

TCA Hosts Debut Presentation of Khatchkar

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Acclaimed photographer Hrair “Hawk” Khatcherian’s new book Khatchkar made its United States debut in an event hosted by the Tekeyan Cultural Association of Greater New York on Friday, March 3 at the TCA Center in Englewood Cliffs. Khatcherian spoke about the images featured in Khatchkar, his 14th publication, which includes stunning […]

Minorities, Human Rights Discussed at Dink Tribute

Minorities, Human Rights Discussed at Dink Tribute

By Alin K. Gregorian Mirror-Spectator Staff CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The third annual Hrant Dink Memorial Peace and Justice Lecture took place on April 5 on the topic of minorities and human rights in Turkey. The panel discussion, sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, featured panelists Ayse Gul Altinay, Gerard Libaridian and Etyen Mahçupyan, […]