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Wrap-Up of 2013 Prior to Trip to Armenia

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on January 16, 2014 at 1:05 AM


16 November 2013


I am preparing to travel to Armenia in December with hopes of making new connections as well as meeting fellow Armenians who I met on-line concerning this project. While my research brings me much satisfaction, the most gratifying experience is the connection I have made with the repatriates and others, who like me, are interested in this part of our national history.

Also in the works is the preparation of a new presentation on the repatriation for the Eastern Diocese in New York, sometime next Spring. This will be posted within the next 30 days or so.


14 November 2013


Returned from New York with promises to be back in March for a presentation on the post-WWII repatriation at the Diocese. Thank you to Father Daniel for his vision and commitment. Making plans to take the presentation overseas. I will keep you posted here on the home page.

While in New York, I had a dinner meeting with Broadway actress Jacqueline Antaramian and award-winning playwright Richard Kalinoski at Zagara on 7th Ave. We talked about their business trip to Rhode Island and their meeting with several repatriates. It was so wonderful to see how motivated Richard was about a play on the repatriate story! I am so honored to be a part of his creative process.



5 October 2013


I am pleased that I will be in New York this November to give two presentations. On November 8th, I will be presenting "Repatriation and Deception" for Hamazkayin New York at St. Illuminator's Cathedral at 7:30pm, then on November 12, 2013, at 7PM, at the Zohrab Information Center at Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), I will be presenting my research study of the 11th-century miniature family portrait painting of King Gagik-Abas of Kars. Father Daniel was gracious to provide the PR for the presentation about the miniature painting, which can be found on the Zohrab IC website.


7 September 2013

On several occasions I have found unique photographs in the family photo albums of the repatriates whom I have interviewed. One included a photograph of the painter Martiros Saryan, which was in the collection of June Spooner Maynazarian Narzakian. Another included a photograph in the collection of repatriate Rosa Darakjian Arzoumanian of the famous soprano opera singer Gohar Gasparyan in the days that she was living in Egypt. The photograph was located in Rosa's husband's album, Aram, who was an Egyptian-Armenian repatriate.

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