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Armenians of Worcester

Armenians of Worcester

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It's an incredible and humbling experience to begin a life in a foreign country with many hardships, but Worcester, Massachusetts, was a mecca for many Armenian immigrants.

At the beginning of the 20th century, millions of immigrants came to the United States in search of a better life and greater opportunities for their families. However, the Armenians who emigrated from their home land between 1894 and 1930 were escaping a devastating genocide that tore their country apart. With little to their name, these new citizens embraced their new home, and for Worcester, they became an integral part of the culture and history of the town. There were mills that provided work, and both the first Armenian Apostolic church and the first Armenian Protestant church in America were built in this city, and both helped to build the foundations for a community that was to enrich the city and slowly resurrect arts and food that celebrates Armenian culture. The Armenian picnics that were an integrating influence in the early years continue even today as a gathering of clans and as a memorial for those lost.

Author: Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Published: 10/30/2000
Pages: 128
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 9.22h x 6.56w x 0.36d
ISBN: 9780738504650

About the Author
Apkarian-Russell, Pamela E.: - Author Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell has carefully gathered rare images that document and celebrate the history of this community from individuals and local organizations in and around Worcester. Here, she presents this striking collection of photographs that tell the stories of the people, their struggles, celebrations, and culture. Join her as she takes the reader through the twentieth century in Armenians of Worcester.

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