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1860 Gesaria (Kayseri) to Los Angeles 2022
“Mapping Culture & Sharing Stories”

FEBRUARY 26-27, 2022

INTERNATIONAL HYBRID CONFERENCE + EXHIBIT
ARARAT HOME OF LOS ANGELES

Gesaria (Kayseri) circa 1912. Tina Demijian collection.

The Ararat-Eskijian Museum (AEM) and Armenian Dress and Textile Project (ADTP) are pleased to host this special two-day event which will highlight mid-19th century Armenian life and cultural history featured in the newly translated memoir of Setrak Timourian and his family’s migration from Gesaria (Kayseri) to Los Angeles.

Proof of Vaccination and Masks Indoors will be required.
Conference will be available to attend live through Zoom as well as Live Streamed on the AEM YouTube Channel.

The exhibit will be open to the public from February 26th to March 6th from 12pm to 5pm.

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About the Conference
About the Conference

The conference features interactive lectures and discussions with international scholars who will present a contextual understanding of Armenian life in mid-19th to 20th century Gesaria (Kayseri), Turkey.

Click here for the Conference Schedule.

Click here to download a copy of the Conference program.

The conference features interactive lectures and discussions with international scholars who will present a contextual understanding of Armenian life in mid-19th to 20th century Gesaria (Kayseri), Turkey.

Click here for the Conference Schedule.

Click here to download a copy of the Conference program.
Nazen Telfeyan/Timourian wedding dress circa 1881, courtesy of Nazelie Elamssian.
Conference Presentations By:

Dr. Vahe Tachjian, Houshamdyan
Dr. Y. Tolga Cora, Bogazici University, Istanbul
Dr. Sylvie L. Merian, Morgan Library & Museum
Dr. Khatchig Mouradian, Library of Congress
Dr. Carolann Najarian, M.D
Dr. Tina Demirdjian, ADTP Founder, Co-director, Poet
Dr. Sofi Khachmanyan, ADTP Co-director, Armenian Textile & Costume Designer
Dr. Carol Tuntland, ADTP Co-director, European Costume Designer
Dr. Mary MacGregor-Villarreal, ADTP Co-director, Folklorist
Dr. Adom Boudjikanian, Kayseri Folk Medicine Specialist
Arthur Telfeyan, Textile Dyes and Pigments Expert

The box is silver filigree with purple silk from Gesaria (Kayseri) circa 1890s. Tina Demirdjian collection.
About the Exhibit

As part of the special events on February 26 & 27, 2022, AEM and Armenian Dress and Textile Project (ADTP) will host an exhibit displaying ancestral Armenian textiles, rugs, and costumes from the Telfeyan and Timourian families, in Gesaria (Kayseri), Turkey during the 19th & 20th Century Ottoman period. The exhibit tells human stories behind the items of their owners and probes themes of daily life, survival and migration.

The exhibit will be open to the public from February 26th to March 6th from 12pm to 5pm.

Click here to learn more about ADTP.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities,
a non-profit of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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