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Watertown, Massachusetts

Armenian Library and Museum of America

Large Massachusetts museum dedicated to Armenian history and culture. 

The Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) preserves and displays works of Armenian history and culture. It’s a surprisingly large museum, with four floors that hold history and ethnographic exhibits, a contemporary art and performance gallery and a library, all dedicated to the 3,000 years of Armenian culture.

The Armenian Library also holds a collection of artifacts from the Armenian Genocide, a seven-year period of history during which the Ottoman Empire attempted to eradicate the entire Armenian population. More than a million Armenians died as a result of the atrocity.

Although ALMA has had large exhibits on the tragedy in the past, currently they have a small display that’s more memorial than anything else. A small, spiral corridor lined with quotes and images concerning the genocide lead to a single large glass case. In it is a menacing-looking metal dog collar that one victim had been forced to wear after being castrated and enslaved, the tattered outfit of a dead child, an Armenian Bible, and a handful of bone fragments from a massacre.

ALMA also houses and sometimes displays the collected painting of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the assisted suicide crusader, whose parents were Armenian refugees.

Adapted with Permission from: The New England Grimpendium by J.W. Ocker

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