On Sunday, March 12, 2017, the 9th session in the series "What was it like growing up Armenian in ..." was held in fellowship hall at St. Sahag Armenian Church. The three panelists brought some very diverse perspectives on their early years and how those experiences brough them to where they are today. As always, the audience was intrigued by the stories and brought up some interesting questions in the Q&A period following the presentation. Francis B. served as moderator and kept the session moving along. Thanks to the three participants and to all who came to find out more about Armenian heritage and identy.
The ACOM Book Club met on December 15th in the St. Sahag Armenian Church Fellowship Hall.
We normally meet in the Fireside Lounge, but we couldn't get the fireplace to work and it was just a bit too chilly in there without a fire. Attending this month were Francis, Azad, Andrea, Tanisha and Leroy. This month we shared a bottle of Muirwood Cabernet Savignon, some sarma and Brazilian nuts.
We had a smaller group in attendance this month, with Al, Francis, Azad and I, plus a new member: Tashina. We shared a bottle of California Cabernet, some pistachios & other nuts, and an apple pie, and then jumped right into this month's book: "The Musician's Secret" by Litty Mathew.
On Sunday, May 18, 2014, ACOM hosted the 5th session in its series "What It Was Like Grow-ing Up Armenian In ...", with about 70 observers in attendance. This ses-sion's participants, were Father Tadeos Barseghyan, Mariam Kocharian and David Grigoryan. For the first time in these sessions, all three participants spent at least some of their time growing up in ... Armenia.
The sixth session of ACOM's popular series of "What it was like growing up Armenian In ..." was held on March 21, 2015. The featured speakers this time were Kristapor Souslian, who grew up in Egypt, Nairy Digris, who also grew up in Egypt, and John Parker Der Boghossian, who grew up in France and the U.S.
On Sunday, March 13, 2016, ACOM hosted the 7th session in the "What Was It Like Growing Up Armenian In ..." series. The panelists this time were Peter Hajinian, who grew up in the Milwaukee area, Terese Najarian, who grew up in the Twin Cities area, and Artyom Tonoyan, who grew up in Armenia and the Ukraine. Our host was Francis Bulbulian.
In attendance this time were Andrea, Francis, Tom, Azad, Natasha, Peter, Al, Cynthia and me. Also, Janet Rith-Najarian made a special trip from Bemidji for the meeting, and also connected her husband, Steve, in through a remote video link. Father Tadeos dropped in for a few minutes, too.
This month's book was "Four Years in the Mountains of Kurdistan" by Aram Haigaz. The reason for Janet making the special trip is that the main character in the book is Steve's great uncle, so there truly is a family connection. Janet provided more information about the story. For example, Steve's great-grandmother on his mother's side of the family tracked down as many members of their extended family as she could after the war was over and brought them to Constantinople, provided a place for them to live, and, in many cases, provided for their education. Another note, 10,000 Armenians lived in the village where the author's family was before the genocide. Only 50 of them survived.
On November 5, 2016 master chefs Judy Ohannesian, Adriene Hayes, and Michele Angel instructed participants in the making of Gata and Cheureg breads.
A video (in French with English Subtitles) about Cheureg makig can be found Here
Dr. Charles Hajinian was our Voski Ashoun speaker this September 24, 2016. He gave the attendees a very fascinating talk on Armenian Coins and their history starting with Tigran II, King of Kings, 95 -55 BC thru King Levon’s rule1374-1375 AD. He brought his extensive collection of coins for show and tell. It was a collection worthy of a museum. In his talk he included much of Armenian history for each period when various coins were minted by hand. During his 30 minutes power point presentation Dr. Hajinian passed around coins from a period before Christ was born for the audience to view and hold.
Dr. Hajinian in 2015, along with a few other Milwaukee Armenians formed the Armenian Numismatic Quarterly. of the magazine to the event. He brought samples
The evenings informative talk was a wonderful addition to this year ACOM cultural programming. Thank you to Peter Hajinian’s suggestion for this program which came up in our discussion of Armenian History books we were discussing in our ACOM Book Club earlier this year.
If you are interested in learning more about the Armenian Numismatic Society, check the following website:
On Sunday October 23, 2016 ACOM held the 8th in the series "What was it like growing up Armenian in ...." The series draws on the personal experiences of those interviewed. For the first time, we had four participants, all born in various places in the U.S. For those of us in the audience; the time spent listening was well worth the investment. Click on the images to read their stories.
On Sunday July 17th, 2016, seven very talented "Hye" musicians performed at St. Sahag Armenian Church in front of an audience of about 35 people. The talent displayed by these young musicians in our community was an eye opener for me and others in the audience. We are very fortunate to have in our Armenian community in Minnesota such group of talented youngsters.