The Ararat-Eskijian Museum Presents an illustrated talk By Dr. Nicholas Al- Jeloo May 4, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

While much information and research has enlightened understanding of Armenians from Isfahan, little other information exists in English about Armenians living in other parts of Iran, even Armenians in Tabriz, a prosperous and important urban community. Like the Assyrians who were largely based in villages throughout the Middle East, the Armenians of the Urmia plain led agrarian lives for much of the 19th century and even when they moved into Urmiah, a hub of agrarian wholesale markets in wheat and raisins, they often engaged in trade that involved their village roots. For instance, the Minassian family, who held the wheat wholesale market, was married into an Assyrian family from Gulpashan, one of the richest towns on the Urmia plain. Dr. Al-Jeloo’s illustrated lecture represents an all-too-rare opportunity to learn about the intertwined history of the Armenians and Assyrians of the Urmia region. Much of the information about Armenians on the Urmia plain comes from Assyrian memoirs and histories. While the Church institutions remained separate and the communities maintained separate languages, there was considerable intermarriage, dual language understanding, and cooperation on many fronts, commercial as well as political.