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Monday January 23rd, 2017 is Our Next Library Night

Armenian Library Night: Monday, January 23rd at Woodward Library 944 E Perrin Avenue Fresno, CA 93720  (Champlain & Perrin). (559) 600-3135

The speaker will be Rev. Ara Geukguezian, the new pastor at First Congregational Church.  Rev. Geukguezian will discuss “The Current Conditions in Armenia and It’s Neighboring Countries.”

Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.  The program will begin at 7:00 p.m.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Launching of Heritage Fresno’s Armenian Cultural Conservancy

For Immediate Release
Contact Persons:

Charles Barrett   (559) 436-8338
Allan Y. Jendian (559) 313-7483

 historic-old-administration-building-2Heritage Fresno’s Armenian Cultural Conservancy announces a kick-off fundraising banquet to be held on Saturday, October 29th, 2016.  Following a reception, dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m. in the scenic west Quad of the historic Old Administration Building of Fresno City College.

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Debora Adishian-Astone

Mrs. Deborah Adishian-Astone, Executive Vice President for Administration of California State University, Fresno, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.

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Dr. Matthew Ari Jendian

Keynote remarks will be delivered by Dr. Matthew Ari Jendian, Ph.D., the Chairman of Fresno State’s Department of Sociology, well known for his research in retention of ethnicity during immigrant and descendant Americanization.

The Armenian Cultural Conservancy of Fresno will be modeled on the Armenian Library and Museum of America located in the Boston armenianmuseumbuilding-207x300suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts. In addition to the collection, display and interpretation of artifacts which explain and illustrate the Armenian-American experience, the conservancy will also provide research support and preservation of Armenian folk culture from both sides of the Atlantic. Its initial mission is “to collect, preserve and interpret the evidence of the Armenian experience in an enduring institution of learning.”

Heritage Fresno’s Armenian Cultural Conservancy and the Foreign Language Department of Fresno City College welcome all in celebration of the launching of this project.  The Heritage Fresno’s ACC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For dinner reservations, please R.S.V.P. by sending your donation of $50.00 per person to: Armenian Cultural Conservancy, 2930 N. West Ave., Fresno, CA 93705. For further information call (559) 226-1984.

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