WATERTOWN, Mass.—On Mon., May 2, local authors E. Philip Brown and Tom Vartabedian will give a presentation on the their book, The Armenians of Merrimack Valley, at the St. James Men’s Club dinner meeting. The presentation will include images of Armenians covering four generations of life along the North Shore of Boston, specifically Merrimack Valley, where Armenian immigrants settled prior to the 19th century.
The book, published by Arcadia, details life in eight specific areas: business, culture, education, youth, military, athletics, business, and church and community life.
Vartabedian is a veteran reporter and photographer, having spent 50 years with the Haverhill Gazette and received numerous awards from United Press International, the Associated Press, and the New England Press Association. He has been a columnist with the Armenian Weekly since 1970 and has served on the Project SAVE Board of Directors for the past seven years.
Over the past decade, he has led educational discussions throughout the schools of Massachusetts as a member of the Armenian Genocide Education Committee of Merrimack Valley.
Brown is currently a social studies teacher at Haverhill High School and teaches world history in Haverhill. He received his bachelor’s in political science from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s in applied management at Lesley University, and master’s in public history through the American Public University. He is a member of the Haverhill Historical Commission and author of two other books on local history. He was moved by the history of the Armenian Genocide and collaborated with Vartabedian on this project. Despite the genocide, Armenians have contributed immensely to world civilization, said Brown. And Greater Merrimack Valley has shared in that success with many fine accomplishments.
Inscribed and autographed books will be available that evening or by e-mailing Vartabedian at firstname.lastname@example.org. The social hour starts with mezza at 6:15 p.m., followed by a complete kheyma and losh kebab dinner at 7 p.m., for $15 per person.
The dinner meeting is held at the St. James Armenian Church, Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center, Keljik Hall, 465 Mount Auburn St., in Watertown. It is open to the public; ladies are welcome.
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West