“The Armenian in America”, an unprecedented volume of photographs documenting Armenian life across the United States, will be released at 8 p.m. at The Abril Bookstore- 415 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA.
Featuring close to 600 photographs with captions, “The Armenian in America” has been in the making for the past four years. The volume is the work of Stepan Partamian, who traveled throughout America in search of Armenian landmarks and establishments, as well as public signs containing Armenian references.
Starting in 2009, when the project was announced, Partamian meticulously researched the destinations he was to document, and embarked on successive road trips which encompassed most of the continental United States. In addition to his preliminary research, the author met with the Armenian American communities in various states, both to gain fresh insight into local histories and gather further information on Armenian landmarks worthy of inclusion in the book.
“The Armenian in America” comprises photographs of Armenian institutions and establishments such as churches, schools, community centers, businesses; landmarks, statues, khachkars (stone crosses), Genocide monuments, war-veteran memorials,, memorial plaques, public signs, Armenian named streets, highway names and even Armenian flags placed in front of public buildings.
Partamian’s photographs reveal a wealth of factoids about Armenian-American history.