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 What was it like Growing up Armenian in...   Video Selector
Session Date Held Moderator Panelists  
1 2/19/2012 Tom Keljik Karam Bedros, Sam Mesroubian, George Yaghsezian View
2 5/20/2012 Tom Keljik Mara Meketarian, Peka Savayan, Caroline Ylitalo View
3 10/28/2012 Tom Keljik Francis Bulbulian, Avo Toghromadjian, Margarita Tchaldarian View
4 10/13/2013 Tom Keljik Art Kouradjian, Azad Mesrobian, Raisa Martirosyan View
5 5/18/2014 Leroy Erickson der Tadeos Barseghyan, Mariam Kocharian, David Grigoryan View
6 3/21/2015 Leroy Erickson Nairy Digris, Kristapor Souslian, John Parker-DerBoghossian View
7 3/13/162016 Francis Bulbulian Artyom Tonayan,Terese Najarian, Peter Hajinian View
8 10/23/2016 Leroy Erickson Cynthia Erickson, Mark Keljik, Judy Ohannesian, Aram Charchian View
9 3/12/2017 Francis Bulbulian Lynne G. Knadjian, Hasmik Ter-Vardanyan, Margaret Vartanian View
10 3/18/2018 Nairy Digris Tom Keljik, Armineh Khachatoorian, Reena Ghannoum View
11 3/24/2019 John Parker-DerBoghossian Margarita Aroutiounian, Martin Meketarian, Darla Kashian View
12 7/21/2019 John Parker-DerBoghossian Mark Wiersbeck, Sarah Wiersbeck View
13 3/8/2020 John Parker-DerBoghossian Alarica Hassett, Martin Azarian View

 What is it like being married to an Armenian    Video Selector
 Session  Date Held            Moderator                           Panelists
       1   9/30/2018     John Parker-DerBoghgossian       Terry McGibbon, Ruth Charchian, Jennifer Keljik  View
       2   11/3/2019     John Parker-DerBoghgossian        Donna Azarian, Leroy Erickson  View


What Was It Like Growing Up Armenian In .... 10th in a Series

The tenth session in the ongoing series "What Was It Like Growing Up Armenian In ..." Features Tom Keljik who grew up in the Twin Cities, Armineh Khachatoorian who grew up in Iran, and Reena Ghannoum who grew up in Syria. The event was held on March 18th 2018 at the Merriam Park Library in St. Paul and was open and publicized to the general public as well as to the Armenian Community. The three presenters gave their interesting perspectives on growing up in their communities. Tom, who like many children of immigrants was not immersed in the culture until he was older and began to discover the stories about his parents and older relatives. Armineh grew up in an Iran that was still welcoming to Armenians and there was always the Armenian presence available to her. Reena grew up in Syria and also had many Armenian friends and neighbors. During the last few years the troubles in Syria were escalating but she was still at ease in her home area. The session was moderated by ACOM President Nairy Digris. As always, the session prompted a lively discussion session. Of the 27 attendees, there were two attending that were outside of the general Armenian community. But were verry interested in the session and hopefully came away with a greater understanding of Armenians and their lives.

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What was it like growing up Armenian in ...9th in Series

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.

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What was it like Growing up Armenian in ..... 6th in Series

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.

What was it like Growing up Armenian in ..... 7th in Series

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.

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Armenian Dance Ensemble at 2019 Festival of Nations



ACOM Oral History Project - Dr. John Najarian

ACOM Cooking Class

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

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Voski Ashoun ("Golden Autumn") 2016

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:


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What was it like Growing up Armenian in ..... 8th in Series

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. 

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Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict

Never Again? Or Over and Over Again?

A presentation sponsored by ACOM and presented at St. Sahag Armenian Church, this event took place March 28 and 29, 2015. 

Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict is a multimedia, multicultural, multigenerational exhibit designed to educate people about genocide; explain the causes and consequences of genocide; present action steps to prevent it; and remember those in our own communities who have fled from these atrocities and whose families and communities have been destroyed.

Tents of Witness features ten 8’ x 12’ painted canvas tents that simulate those used in refugee camps. The tents each depict the story of different groups persecuted based on their identity: race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. The stories are of the conflicts suffered by the Jews and others targeted in the Holocaust; Native Americans; Armenians; and the catastrophes in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, North Korea, Darfur, Argentina, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Each tent represents the diversity and beauty of each place and people. The exhibit illustrates clearly that no people or place has been immune from such atrocities.