How We Lived: the Houshamadyan Project

Lecture | March 13 | 7:30-9 p.m. | St. Vartan Church, John Marukian Hall

 650 Spruce Street, Oakland, CA 94610

 Vahe Tachjian, Chief Editor of the Berlin-based Houshamdyan website, Houshamdyan

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

Houshamadyan was born from this simple and powerful idea: we should bring back to life the cities, towns, and villages in which Armenians lived in the Ottoman Empire by reconstructing our inheritance – the rich memory of the lives of our ancestors. Houshamadyan is a non-profit organization founded in Berlin in 2010. The website appears in three languages: Armenian, English, and Turkish. Alongside written articles, the Houshamadyan website uses a great variety of multi-media tools, such as musical recordings of historic value, oral history testimonies, old photographs, pictures, old film footages, maps, podcasts, and so on. Every month, three or four new articles and new materials are added to the constantly growing website. More than 170 articles and family collections are already published.