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‘Giants of the Earth’: Searching for Answers in Western Armenia

In 1969, I went to Turkish-occupied Western Armenia to confirm a U.S. State Department report that my Aunt Parancim, who we believed had been killed during the genocide, had died just six years earlier. With the help of a then-friendly State Department, my assigned guide was a young Turkish law [more...]

September 11, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Wisconsin chapter of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) raised more than $35,000 at its golf outing fundraiser on behalf of needy Armenian orphans in Syria and Armenia.

Wisconsin Golf Fundraiser Raises $35,000 for Orphans in Syria

DELAFIELD, Wisc.—The Wisconsin chapter of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) raised more than $35,000 at its golf outing fundraiser on behalf of needy Armenian orphans in Syria and Armenia. The Wisconsin chapter of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) raised more than [more...]

September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nancy Gavoor, right, and Jill Tosoian Dolik continue to remain best friends as Detroit AYF alumnae while remaining atop the all-time Olympic scoring list with 144 points each.

Detroiters Gavoor and Dolik Still Carry Olympic Torch

DETROIT, Mich.—They were best friends growing up through Sunday School, premiere AYF athletes, community activists, role models and, most of all, proud Armenians from noted family stock. Nancy Gavoor, right, and Jill Tosoian Dolik continue to remain best friends as Detroit AYF alumnae while [more...]

August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Justin Aprahamian can turn any kitchen into a gourmet’s delight.

Justin Aprahamian Is Chef Personified

MILWAUKEE, Wisc.—You happen to be a well-known Armenian chef in America, and suddenly you get a call from the president of Armenia who wants to visit your home for dinner. If you’re Justin Aprahamian, the menu would be nothing out of the ordinary. Simply, the same as any traditional Armenian [more...]

August 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

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7th Annual Armenia Fest Wows Metro Detroiters

ROYAL OAK, Mich.—Armenia Fest 2014, Oakland County’s largest ethnic festival, was held on July 12 for the third year at the beautiful Royal Oak Farmers Market, and brought to metro Detroit by the Armenia Fest 2014 Committee under the auspices of the Detroit Chapter Knights of Vartan. Attendance [more...]

August 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

A scene from the event (Photo by Tina Cholakian)

Chicago Celebrates Hairenik, Armenian Weekly Anniversaries

On Sat., May 17, Chicago community leaders and activists came together at Arpy Seferian’s home to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Hairenik and the 80th anniversary of the Armenian Weekly. The evening was made even more memorable with special guest Prof. Richard Hovannisian, accompanied by [more...]

June 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Findlater as it appears today as a dance hall.

Gavoor: ‘Roots Run Deep’

What a great theme for the upcoming 81st Annual AYF Olympics in Detroit: “Roots Run Deep.” In 1938-40, a woman named Sydney Robertson Cowell organized and ran a WPA Folk Music Project. She and her colleagues went around to various parts of California recording all kinds of American, American [more...]

June 20, 2014 // 4 Comments

A scene from Walk Armenia

Detroit ARS Chapters Host ‘Walk Armenia’

The annual Detroit area Walk Armenia event hosted by the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) took place on a sunny, warm Sunday afternoon on June 8 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market in suburban Detroit. Walkers began arriving at 2 p.m. Infants, toddlers, school-age youth, and their parents and grandparents [more...]

June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

A scene from the event (Photo by Tina Cholakian)

Hairenik, Weekly Celebrate Anniversaries in Chicago

CHICAGO, Ill. (A.W)—A banquet celebrating the 115th anniversary of Hairenik and the 80th anniversary of the Armenian Weekly took place at the home of Arpi Seferian on May 17. A scene from the event (Photo by Tina Cholakian) Around 50 guests attended the event, which featured Professor Richard [more...]

June 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

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