By Olya Yordanyan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
BOSTON — Lena Maranian Adishian had been mulling over raising awareness about Armenian history and culture for a couple of years before she initiated the 100 Years, 100 Facts project that culminated in a book.
Impact of an Ancient Nation: Bridging the Past, Present, and Future with 100+ facts about Armenia and Armenians — a new book by Lena Adishian and Nareg Seferian — was published in June 2016. It is a collection of 105 short articles, written for the 100 Years, 100 Facts Project, a non-profit online initiative aimed to educate Armenians about their culture and history.
The idea for the 100 Years, 100 Facts Project fully developed in Adishian’s mind on the threshold of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. She knew that the centennial would trigger the curiosity of non-Armenians, and that they would turn to Armenians for answers. She kept wondering how “knowledgeable” Armenians were on various historical and cultural subjects to be “good representatives and ambassadors” of their communities.
“The idea was to develop something that was educational,” Adishian said. “The other part was to really celebrate the vastness and depth of our heritage.”