To the Editor:
April 24, 2015 is the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, which is two-and-a-half years away. I am truly disappointed that a project that began quite a few years ago has not been built. In fact, I think that the Armenian community has to focus now on trying to get the Genocide Museum built in Washington, DC by the centennial.
Our adversary is not one of us but those who planned and executed the forced exo- dus of our surviving ancestors to live in exile.
Since there seems to be little or no transparency about this project, it is difficult for our communities to know what is going on and what is wrong at this time.
The facts, as I know it, are that basically it began as an Armenian Assembly project with the purchase of a bank building which was to be converted into a Genocide museum. A major benefactor who was an Assembly trustee purchased three small adjacent buildings in order to expand the museum space.
After the purchases, a group of us, under the auspices of the Assembly, toured the bank building. Looking inside on the first floor, I thought that the bank space for a museum that will serve the public seemed to be quite limited especially as a registered historical building which needs approval for changes to the original structure. I thought the additional square footage gained by the addition of the three small buildings was a big plus since it would enable visitors, a few or many, to be comfortably accommodated