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1860 Gesaria (Kayseri) to Los Angeles 2022 “Mapping Culture & Sharing Stories”

1860 Gesaria (Kayseri) to Los Angeles 2022 “Mapping Culture & Sharing Stories”

Setrak and Nazen Timourian Family. Courtesy of the Nazelie Elmassian Collection.

The Ararat-Eskijian Museum (AEM) and The Armenian Dress and Textile Project (ADTP) are pleased to announce a special two-day, international hybrid conference and exhibit which highlights the early 19th-century Armenian life and cultural history featured in the newly translated memoir of Setrak Timourian and his family's migration from Gesaria (Kayseri) to Los Angeles.

Saturday, February 26, 2022 to Sunday, February 27, 2022
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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Day 1


Day 2

About the Conference: 

The conference features interactive lectures and discussions with international scholars who will present a contextual understanding of Armenian life in mid-19th to 20th century Gesaria (Kayseri), Turkey.

Ararat Home of Los Angeles
Conference—Sheen Chapel
Exhibition—George Deukmejian Community Center
15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, CA 91345

***Proof of Vaccination and Masks Indoors will be required for in-person attendance.***

Click here for the Conference Schedule.
Click here to download a copy of the Conference program.


About the Exhibit: 

As part of the special events on February 26 & 27, 2022, AEM and Armenian Dress and Textile Project (ADTP) will host an exhibit displaying ancestral Armenian textiles, rugs, and costumes from the Telfeyan and Timourian families, in Gesaria (Kayseri), Turkey during the 19th & 20th century Ottoman period. The exhibit tells human stories behind the items of their owners and probes themes of daily life, survival and migration.

On February 26-27, 2022, doors of the exhibit will be open from 12-7 PM (Pacific Time) and February 28th-March 6th 12-5 PM (Pacific Time).

Click here to learn more about ADTP.


This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Collaborating Organizations:

HoushamadyanNational Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLACA State University Northridge Armenian Studies ProgramCA State University Fresno Armenian Studies ProgramArmenian Rugs SocietyProject SAVE Armenian Photograph ArchivesNarekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies at UCLA

Download file: Conference-Program-y0-xw0.pdf