FRESNO—The Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno is organizing a major presentation, “The Armenian Genocide: A Centennial Exhibition, 1915-2015” in the Leon S. Peters Second Floor Ellipse of the school’s Henry Madden Library.
The exhibition opens Friday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a reception co-hosted with the Friends of the Madden Library, held at the Second Floor Ellipse. The reception and the exhibition are free and open to the public, but it is requested that reservations be made by going to the event’s website (enter code AGR). The exhibit will be open from April 10 to May 29.
“The Armenian Genocide” features the newly released “Iconic Images of the Armenian Genocide,” which includes photographs of the Armenian Genocide assembled as an instructional guide for Human Rights Education, provided by the Armenian National Institute (ANI), the Armenian Genocide Museum of America (AGMA), and the Armenian Assembly of America.
As more and more photographs of the Armenian Genocide are uncovered, and as the “Iconic Images” exhibit illustrates, the general outline of the main events that defined the genocide can now be illustrated with compelling and dramatic images that survive from that era.
The photographs were collected from numerous repositories, sources and individuals, including the US National Archives, Library of Congress, Near East Foundation, Oberlin College Archives, University of Minnesota Library, California State University, Fresno Armenian Studies Program, Republic of Armenia National Archives, Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, AGBU Nubarian Library, Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian National Institute collections, Maurice Kelechian, and National Geographic photographer Alexandra Avakian.
Another important part of the Exhibit is “The First Refuge and the Last Defense: The Armenian Church, Etchmiadzin, and the Armenian Genocide.”
The exhibit explains the importance of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin during the Armenian Genocide and examines the vital leadership role played by the clergy during the Armenian Genocide, especially the all-important intervention of His Holiness Catholicos Gevorg V Sureniants in alerting world leaders about the massacres, effectively issuing the first “early warning” of an impending genocide.
Other sections of the Exhibition are devoted to the Armenian immigration story and to the experience of Armenians in Fresno.
A special showing of “Churches of Historic Armenia: A Legacy to the World,” photographs from the collection of Richard and Anne Elbrecht will be displayed on the third floor of the Madden Library at the same time as “The Armenian Genocide” exhibition on the second floor.
Special thanks to Dr. Rouben Adalian of the Armenian National Institute, to Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, to historian Randy Baloian and archivist Malina La Porta for assisting Armenian Studies Program Director Barlow Der Mugrdechian in making the exhibition possible.
Free parking is available in Fresno State parking lots P30 and P31 at the Shaw and Barton Ave. entrance of the University, near the Madden Library.