Lectures are probably the best teaching method for a starving soul. The lecture series present bi-weekly at the Eskijian museum is to illustrate the creative accomplishments of the Armenian people over the centuries. Ararat-Eskijian Museum is more than just a repository of artefacts. It’s a living museum and library which offers diverse cultural and literary programs to its community at large by worldwide scholars from various countries. Young students can visit to discover their roots with an interest in Armenian history as well as provide a cultural framework. With these lecture series and exhibitions, people of all ethnic backgrounds can see the rich history of the Armenian nation who has seen the Genocide and survived. The Museum maintains an active program from current issues, here in the United States as well an introduction of new publications and exhibitions. The library includes Armenian Genocide, Armenian History, Armenian Art, Armenian American Life, Armenian international magazines, and Armenian documentaries. Visitors are welcome to use the museum library during regular hours, books may not be checked out.

Armenian History Timeline

400,000 – 7000 B.C. The Old Stone Age 7,000 – 3200 B.C. The New Stone Age 3,000 B.C. Beginnings of Bronze Age 1,300 B.C. Nairi Confederation on Armenian Plateau 1,000 B.C. Iron Age 9 Century B.C. Urartu, the first kingdom in Armenia 585 B.C. – 200 B.C. The Yervandunis ( Orontids), the first Armenian Dynasty 189 B.C. – 10 A.D. The Artashesian (Artaxiad) Dynasty. The Armenian Empire reaches the greatest size under Tigran the Great ( 95 – 55 B.C. ) 66- 428 The Arsacid ( Arshakuni ) Dynasty 428-640 Armenia under Persian and Byzantine rule 451 Battle of Avarayr against Persian Mazdeists 640-884 Armenia under Arab domination 884-1045 Bagratuni Dynasty 1050-1500 Armenia under Turkish, Mongol, and Turkmen domination 1080-1374 Armenians in Cilicia. Rubenid, Hetoumian, and Lusignian Dynasty 15th Century Western Armenia becomes part of the Ottoman Empire 1828 Treaty of Turkmanchay awards Nahichevan and the area around Yerevan to Russia 1878 “Armenian question” emerges at the Berlin Congress 1885 The first Armenian political party, the Armenakan, is formed 1895-1896 Turkish and Kurdish forces, with orders from Constantinople, begin a systematic attack on Armenian villages and on the Armenian quarters in the towns. 200,000 Armenian are killed. Tens of thousands of emigrates. The red crosses, drawn on the Armenian houses by the Jews, help the Turks kill thousands of Armenians in Constantinople. 1909 The Salonica’s branch of the Committee of Union and Progress, controlled by Jews, led the Turks in their massacre of the 25,000 Armenians in Adana (Cilicia) 1915 The Armenian Genocide continues and reaches its peak. The first greatest organized crime in history: Young Turks deport and massacre more than two million Armenians 1918 May 28 Battle of Sardarabad takes place. The independence of little Armenia is proclaimed. The first Armenian Republic is organized 1920 The nationalist soldiers of Kemal Ataturk invade part of Armenia slaughtering 30,000 Armenian civilians in their advance 1921 Sovietization of part of Eastern Armenia 1922 Transcaucasian Soviet Federated Socialist Republics combine Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia as a single republic within the Soviet Union 1936 Part of Eastern Armenia becomes a separate republic within the Soviet Union 1936 -1937 Purge in Soviet Armenia reaches its peak. Thousands of Armenians are killed or sent into exile in Siberia. 1988 The Armenian Nationalist Movement is revived. Karabakh government votes to unify their autonomous region of Azerbaijan with Armenia. An earthquake in northern Armenia heavily damages town Gyumri. 1989 Mass demonstrations in Armenia achieve the release of Karabakh committee arrested by Soviets. Azerbaijan begins a blockade of Armenian fuel supply lines because of Karabakh issue. Karabakh National Council declares unification of Karabakh with Armenia. 1990 Moscow sends troops to Azerbaijan, supposedly to stem violence against Armenians in Karabakh. 1991 Soviet troops invade Azerbaijan under the pretext to halt anti-Armenian programs. Armenian voters approve national independence. Ter-Petrosian is elected president of Armenia. Armenians in Karabakh declare themselves as an independent state. 1992 Karabakh Armenian forces liberate Lachin corridor that links Karabakh to Armenia. Armenia is admitted to the United Nations. 1994 A cease-fire takes hold on the Karabakh conflict when Karabakh Armenian forces liberate Karabakh from Azerbaijan domination. 1998 Robert Kocharian is elected president of Armenia. 2000 Blockade of Armenia continues. Blockade and international negotiations concerning Karabakh continue. After Uruguay (1965), Argentina ( 1985), Cyprus (1990), Russia ( 1995), Greece ( 1996), Lebanon, Australia ( 1997), and Belgium (1998), the Armenian genocide was recognized by Sweden, France and Italy.