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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
        The conference is available to view on the Ararat-Eskijian Museum YouTube Channel:
February 26, 2022: https://youtu.be/5BbL3lsiQu4
February 27, 2022: https://youtu.be/M7_8IvRII4w

Gesaria (Kayseri) circa 1912. Tina Demijian collection.

On February 26 & 27, 2022, the Ararat-Eskijian Museum (AEM) and Armenian Dress and Textile Project (ADTP) hosted a special two-day event at the Ararat Home of Los Angeles, which presented mid-19th century Armenian life and cultural history highlighted in the newly translated memoir of Setrak Timourian and his family’s migration from Gesaria (Kayseri) to Los Angeles. The event was comprised of an exhibition at the George Deukmejian Community Center and hybrid conference from the Sheen Memorial Chapel.

About the Conference
More about the Conference

Conference Details: 

Where? Sheen Memorial Chapel, Zoom (with Registration) and LiveStreamed on YouTube

When? 1:30-7:00pmPST. For a detailed conference schedule, see below.

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.
More about the Exhibit

Exhibition Details:

Where? George Deukmejian Community Center

When? Open between 12:00-7:00pm PST. (Exhibition will be open February 26- March 6, 2022 from 12:00-5:00pm PST)

AEM and Armenian Dress and Textile Project (ADTP) hosted 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 highlighted the human stories behind the items of their owners and probed themes of daily life, survival and migration.

See a video recording of the exhibit below.

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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