LOS ANGELES—On the threshold of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project will commemorate the genocide by publishing facts about Armenians twice a week, starting April 24, 2014 and culminating on April 24, 2015. These facts will be published on 100years100facts.com – linked through its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.
“The idea of using social media and the internet as a means to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and connect a population scattered around the world was inspirational to me,” said Lena Adishian, project lead, based in Los Angeles. “While curating one hundred facts about Armenia and Armenians is no easy task, we hope that audiences find the content educational and engaging.”
The goal of The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project is to highlight aspects of Armenian history and culture first of all for Armenians themselves, and also for a broad audience, ranging from the people of Turkey, to society at large wherever the Armenian Diaspora is found, to anyone curious about Armenia and the Armenian people.
Besides discussing the Armenian Genocide itself, the facts include lives of famous Armenian individuals, Armenian Diaspora communities, and other elements of culture, including religion, language, literature, and even sports and entertainment.
“I got very keen on the idea of 100 Years, 100 Facts when Lena approached me with it. This website can serve as a meaningful, enduring commemoration – even a celebration – of the Armenian nation,” said Nareg Seferian, researcher and writer for the project, based in Yerevan. “Some of the facts are very well-known, for example, the Armenians as the first Christians, or the efforts of Near East Relief after the genocide. But we have also found obscure, fun, and interesting tidbits about the history and culture of what is, by all accounts, a remarkable nation, such as a profile of the Zildjian family, or an entry on Armenians in Africa.”
The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project does not claim to be an academic endeavor. However, the effort has been made to present the facts in a scholarly manner, with references and resources listed for the benefit of additional research by the readership.
The team at the 100 Years, 100 Facts Project can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org.