6:00 pm - Join Co-curator, Armen T. Marsoobian for a fascinating glimpse into a little-known chapter of post-World War I history. The Dildilian family worked with Near East Relief in establishing orphanages in Marsovan and Samsun. With the help of original documents, photographs, lists of orphans, and family stories, Marsoobian will explain the humanitarian efforts made in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide.
7:00 pm - Join us for a very special screening of "They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief", a film that details the events that led to the Armenian Genocide and the unprecedented humanitarian efforts of thousands of Americans who saved a generation of orphans and refugees after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I. The documentary makes extensive use of never before seen footage of orphans who were in Near East Relief’s care. Produced by Shant Mardirossian and award-winning writer/director George Billard, the film’s cast includes Victor Garber, Andrea Martin, and Tony Shalhoub.
The screening will be followed by a question and answer period with historical investigator, Maurice Missak Kelechian and Armen T. Marsoobian.