Coming Event

Armenian Genealogy 101

Have you ever tried to find information about your ancestors and their journey to America?

Does knowing the names of family members, when they came to the United States, where they lived, what they did, interest you?

The pathway to finding answers begins with Armenian genealogical research.

Don’t know how or where to start?

We do! And we’d like to share that with you on Tuesday, May 24th, 6:30pm at the Woodward Park Regional Library, Fresno.

The Armenian Cultural Conservancy will present the first of a series on Armenian genealogy. We’ll share examples of what can be found, where to find it, and how to preserve your family legacy.

Fresno Historical Armenian Town District

Heritage Fresno
2930 North West Ave
Fresno, CA 93703

RE:  Proceedings before the City of Fresno
Historic Preservation Commission
May 23, 2016

To the above-referenced Commission and Staff:

Heritage Fresno strongly favors Agenda Item VI A. – a Request to Staff to prepare and Initial Application for an Armenian Town Historic District. Please receive and consider the views on this matter set forth as follows:

Heritage Fresno is a public betterment, community based citizen’s aaocmaporganization devoted to advocacy in favor of the preservation of Fresno’s historic objects, structures and districts, since our organization in 2002 by our founder Mabelle Selland.

Like you, Heritage Fresno has become aware of both the unquestioned historical significance of that portion of Fresno known as Old Armenian Town. It is equally desirable to enhance and advertise such districts for the purpose of promoting heritage tourism!

We urge the commission to authorize and direct staff to prepare the application for the contemplated Armenian Town Historic District with the hope that the staff will consider boundaries which embrace the Saoryan Theater, the site of Emerson School, all sites long incorporated by the Saroyan Society into the well known “Saroyan Walk” as well as the Ventura and M Street cluster.

We have a project to build an Armenian Cultural Conservancy in the area. Together, we will create an historic district attraction which will not only preserve the story of these stoic and valuable people for the education of the community at large, but will attract persons from outside the Fresno metropolitan area for extended visitation and enjoyment, to the benefit of our local economy.

Submitted by Charles Barrett, Co-Chairman