MISSION HILLS, Calif. — The Ararat-Eskijian Museum presents an illustrated talk titled “The Houshamadyan Project: Reconstructing Armenian Village and Town Life in the Ottoman Empire,” by Dr. Vahe Tachjian director and chief editor of the “Houshamadyan Project,” on January 25, at 4 p.m., at Ararat-Eskijian Museum/Sheen Chapel, 15105 Mission Hills Road.
At the threshold of the 100th anniversary of the Genocide, Armenians are still mourning their countless victims and the demise of a vibrant and prosperous Armenian way of life in the Ottoman Empire. With each passing generation, the rich multifaceted culture and history of the Ottoman Armenians is being forgotten by the descendants and the physical remains in situ are being obliterated by intent or neglect The Houshamadyan Project was born from a simple and powerful idea: to revive virtually the cities, towns and villages where Armenians lived during the Ottoman Empire. It is rebuilding a rich depository of memory using empirical evidence, including town and village chronicles, archival documents, photographs, material objects, and music and visual arts. Vahé Tachjian will present the website project and Houshamadyan’s first publication: Ottoman Armenians: Life, Culture, Society (2014).
Tachjian was born in Lebanon and earned a Ph.D. in History and Civilization at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.
Admission is free (Donations appreciated). Reception and book signing following program.