ANI Director Dr. Rouben Adalian Presents at “Treasures of Western Armenia” Conference

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By Danielle Saroyan

Armenian Agenda Associate Editor

On Sunday,
October 25, the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, National Association for Armenian
Studies and Research (NAASR), and the Armenian Jewelers Foundation hosted “Treasures
of Western Armenia: A Conference on Material Culture & Genocide in Western
Armenia.” The Conference was held at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum in Mission
Hills, California.

The
conference was prompted by a recent publication titled Treasures of Western
Armenia
, published by the Geneva-based Armenian Jewelers Foundation and the
Russian Museum of Ethnography. This book is an ethnographic collection, which
includes records for the first time of the 1916 Scientific Expedition to
Armenia led by Alexander Miller. Copies of the book Treasures of Armenia were available during the conference.

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Speakers
included Armenian National Institute (ANI) Director Dr. Rouben Adalian who
presented on “The Effects of Genocide
on Culture and Civilization in Western Armenia;” Armenian Jewelers Foundation Chairman
Pierre Akkelian, who presented on “The Lost Treasures of Western Armenia: The
Miller Collection of 1916;” and Armenian Rugs Society President Hratch
Kozibeyokian who discussed “Traditional Armenian Design Patterns Across Various
Arts.”

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“The Armenian Jewelers Foundation has done a great service by bringing public
attention to the discovery of a marvelous collection of historic items retrieved
from Western Armenia during the genocide. Now, through a fine publication,
everyone can learn more about the arts and crafts of a vanished civilization,”
said ANI Director Dr. Rouben Adalian. “I was honored to be part of an event
announcing the launch of such a beautifully produced catalogue,” Dr. Adalian
said.

Longtime California Armenian community educators
Gabriel Injejikian and Anahid Meymarian are among the many notable attendees.
Injejikian, who founded Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian High School in Los
Angeles in 1964, pioneered Armenian schools in the United States. Meymarian
played a significant role in preserving the story of Armenian Genocide survivor
Aurora Mardiganian.

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An
exhibition and reception followed the program at the Deukmejian Banquet Hall
Foyer, showcasing valuable artifacts, traditional costumes, and jewelry made
and used by ordinary Armenians at the time.

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Caption 1: Guests at the exhibition and reception in the Deukmejian Banquet
Hall Foyer.

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Caption 2: Treasures of Western Armenia,
the ethnographic collection and records of the 1916 Scientific Expedition to
Armenia led by Alexander Miller.

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Caption 3 (L-R): President of the Armenian Rug Society Hratch Kozibeyokian,
Armenian National Institute Director Dr. Rouben Adalian, and Armenian Jewelers
Foundation President Pierre Akkelian speaking at the conference.

Photo Caption 4 (L-R): Anahid Meymarian, Mrs. Injejikian (seated), Gabriel Injejikian, and Dr. Adalian.

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Caption 5 (L-R): Dr. Vahram Shemmassian of California State University
Northridge and author of The Musa Dagh
Armenians
, Dr. Adalian, and Maurice Kelechian, an expert on the Near East
Relief organization.

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Caption 6: Panelists and organizers of the conference with Maggie
Mangassarian-Goschin (center) curator of the Ararat-Eskijian Museum.

About Armenian Assembly of America

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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