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Thursday, 22 April 2021 18:36

Savelsberg Book Introduction - 2021

Savelsberg Book CoverACOM presents: A conversation with Prof. Joachim Savelsberg regarding his new book: Knowing about Genocide: Armenian Suffering and Epistemic Struggles. (The book can be accessed and downloaded through the above link.) Moderator, Peter Hajinian. The event was virtual and was recorded. For thos who mwere not able to attend the event a video recording of the presentation can be found HERE.

Doug Tiffany and Steve Usitalo

This was our first Virtual meeting for this series. So no socializing with beverages and appetizers but we still had a great session. Nairey Digris was the session moderator. Doug and Steve were joined by their spouses for this session since it was a virtual meeting. This created a new dynamic in the discussion where there was a couple interaction. Previous sessions did not have this interesting interaction. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session. 25 people participated in this enjoyable session.






Tuesday, 05 January 2021 19:08

Gaghant 2021 - Virtual

The annual ACOM Gaghant was held this year on Sunday, January 3, 2021 via Zoom. Hosted and emceed by John Parker-Der Boghossian (ACOM President), the celebration began with some introductory remarks by John. The current board of ACOM was then introduced, followed by the presentation of the elected new vice-president, Steven Usitalo, and a new board member-at-large, Alarica Hassett. 

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:43

Voski Ashoun 2020

Voski Ashoun (Golden Autumn) 2020 Edition

ACOM held the 2020 Voski Ashoun celebration in Virtual space this year due to the COVID-19 Virus. We used the Zoom platform as we did for the 2020 Genocide Commemoration.
Since these Zoom events are recordable, we are providing a link to the recording of the event for those who were unable to attend via Zoom.

There was time before the start time of the event for participants to socialize. John Parker-Der Boghossian, ACOM President, lead the event which featured Armenian artists. Peter Hajinian represented creative story writing artistry, Andrea Johnson presented poetry reading from her own poems and also from other Armenian Poets, and a Video showcasing Henry Gregorian performing Armenian pieces on the violin. Those who attended had a great time and we hope that those who view the recording are equally pleased. Many thanks to the people who put this event together:
John Parker-Der Boghossian, Peter Hajinian, Andrea Johnson, and Terry and Nairy along with Henry for the Music Video.

Click HERE for a link to the Event Video

ACOM Cinema Saturday Banner 2020

Ararat Beckons

Ararat Beckons (1995, 49 mins, Dir. J. Michael Hagopian, Narrator Mike Connors; in Armenian & English) Documentary of the 1st Armenian Expedition to Mt. Ararat.

A film of striking beauty and mystery on the first Armenian Expedition to reach the summit of Mount Ararat. Where many have failed and some even lost their lives, Masis and Gregory Parseghian and Hamlet Nersesian succeeded. Overcoming the hardships of incarceration, altitudes, they accompanied their goal through sheer will and perseverance. The film became a reality after four shipments of film were smuggled out of Turkey over a 2-year period. Ararat Beckons is more than a film of adventure.
It is a poetic statement of the historic bond between a mountain and a people, a father and son.

Saturday, 25 April 2020 15:33

ACOM Genocide Commemoration April 24 2020

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

To view a video of the Gathering click HERE

Saturday, 18 April 2020 10:06

105th Genocide Commemoration

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

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 11:24

What was/is it Like ... Videos


 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
12 7/21/2019 John Parker-DerBoghossian Mark Wiersbeck, Sarah Wiersbeck View
13 3/8/2020 John Parker-DerBoghossian Alarica Hassett, Martin Azarian View
14 7/22/2023 Steven Usitalo Der Sahak Kaishian View
15 11/12/2023 Steven Usitalo Lucine Simonyan, Carrie Mesrobian 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
       3    3/7/2021     Naïry Digris        Doug Tiffany, Steven Usitalo  
       4   9/10/2022     Steve Usitalo        Lowell Johnson. Jim Favre  View


What was it like growing up Armenian in ...  13th in the series

ACOM's popular series "Growing up Armenian in.." returned for a 13th session on Sunday March 8, 2020. Panelists were Alarica Hassett and Martin Azarian. The discussion was moderated by John Parker-Der Boghossian.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:02

ACOM Gaghant Party 2020 - 40th

Kicking off our 40th year, the annual ACOM Gaghant party was held on January 10th, 2020 at MidPointe Event Center in St. Paul.

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As usual, our guests were welcomed to the event and for this special year, everyone attending was presented with a red 40th Year Anniversary tote bag displaying ACOM’s new logo. Also, during check-in, "Hye Bingo" cards were given out. The aim of the bingo player was to find people who had the characteristics detailed in the bingo boxes and get those people to sign off on the box. This was a great ice-breaker that encouraged guests to mingle and socialize.

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Featured Video

Survival Songs: From West to East

A documentary film that is an ethnographic collage composed of stories and songs of various Armenian communities formed after the emigrations from Western to Eastern Armenia. Directed by: Christina Soloyan, Davit Avetisyan.




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