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Genocide Commemoration

Genocide Commemoration Events

ACOM Genocide Remembrance 2023

Sunday, April 30th, 2023

ACOM held its annual Genocide Remembrance on April 23rd 2023

This year ACOM was joined by the Minnesota Historical Society as a co-sponsor of the event.

The event was held in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center main building in the Capitol area of St. Paul.

This years program was focused on the resiliance of Armenian Culture after the Genocide of 1915. Speakers covered various topics:  housing, history, poetry, music, dance, language and alphabet and church architecture. The event was emceed by Steven Usitalo - ACOM President. More than 60 people attended and comments from the attendees after the event were very positive.


For those who were unable to attend, a video of the event is below:



ACOM Genocide Remembrance 2022

Monday, April 25th, 2022

ACOM Genocide Remembrance

ACOM held it's Genocide Remembrance this year on April 24th 2022. We have Zoomed the event over the past two years and were happy to host it in-person this year.

ACOM Genocide Commemoration 2021

Monday, April 26th, 2021

ACOM Genocide Commemoration

April 24, 2021

Virtual by ZOOM

Title Slide PictureOn Saturday evening April 24th 2021, ACOM hosted a Genocide Commemoration event. This meeting was, again, a virtual one due to CORONA-19 virus considerations. The event was hosted by Naïry Digris and Terry McGibbon. The featured speaker this year was Artyom Tonoyan and the Q&A period was moderated by Steven Usitalo. Following the presentation, there was a series of four musical performances by members of the ACOM community. Click on Picture to see Video


The Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota commemorates the 105th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

To view a video of the Gathering click HERE

105th Genocide Commemoration

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

The Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota commemorates the 105th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in a virtual meeting.

Click HERE to go to the Article

Armenian Diaspora Map for 2019 Commemoration Edt1ACOM's Genocide Commemoration was held on April 24th 2019 at the Merriam Park Library in St. Paul. The event included a moderated panel of Armenians that were descendents of Genocide survivors. Tom Keljik moderated the discussion. The event started off with the attendees being asked to locate on a map where their ancestors were from in Historic Armenia.

ACOM Held a Talk on April 24th 2018 commemorating the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Tom Keljik was the featured speaker and his topic was:

"Why did it happen? What were the events leading up to the Genocide".

The event was held in the auditorium of the St. Anthony Park Library in St. Paul. The event was well attended (43 at one count). Before the start of the event, Buttons calling for a remembrance of the Genocide were passed out to attendees. Tom also gave selected members of the audience colored cards with various pieces of information about times, places, and actions of historical significance leading up to the time of the Genocide. He used these during his talk, further involving the audience in the presentation. 

 An audio recording is currently available for the presentation. The talk was a bit under 1 hour in length. Click on the link below to hear the audio.

ACOM Genocide Talk - Audio

The link below is to a copy of Speakers Notes and Background Data in the Handout:

Speakers Notes and Background Data



Genocide Commemoration 2017

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The Armenian Genocide Commemoration for Minnesota Armenians took place on April 24th  2017 at St, Sahag Armenian Church. The event was organized by ACOM and St. Sahag. 

Centennial Genocide Commemoration

Friday, April 24th, 2015

ACOM and St. Sahag Armenian Church sponsored a Memorial Service and program Commemorating the Centennial of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. The memorial was well attended with over 250 people present. Dignitaries from various educational, social, and political institutions gave remembrance speeches while the audience listened with thoughtful attentiveness. The Remembrance began with a prayer service led by Der Tadeos Barseghyan, Pastor of St. Sahag. Remarks from the invited speakers followed.

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