On December 21, AGBU Armenia acquired two 110-year-old documents that attest to the mission of the organization in its early years. The documents—a letter signed by AGBU founder and first president Boghos Nubar and an article titled Call to All Armenians—were found by Hayk Demoyan, the director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, at a private archive in Moscow. Thanks to the financial support of Gabriel Chenberjyan, the president of the Pyunik Charitable Foundation, it was possible for him to obtain the documents and donate them to AGBU Armenia.
The documents were donated to AGBU at a symbolic moment in the history of the organization, bringing an end to the 110th anniversary celebrations that took place in AGBU chapters and districts around the world in 2016. “When I saw the date on the handwritten text signed by the founder of AGBU, as a historian, I experienced an emotional shock. I realized that this was one of the early circular letters that have historical value not only for the history of AGBU, but also for preserving the legacy and memory of the Armenian people in general. I am very glad that those two rare documents are now in a safe place,” said Demoyan
The first document—dated May 22, 1906—is a handwritten letter written less than two months after the founding of the organization, which encourages Armenians across the world to establish AGBU chapters in their countries. The second undated document announces the activities and objectives of the newly established AGBU. In it is written: “There is an essential need in the Armenian nation to organize a permanent body that is always prepared to support the Armenian people in Armenia, without regard for religion. We are happy to announce that this kind of body has been established in Cairo…” The high-resolution scans of both documents can be found at www.agbu.org.
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Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world's largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the lives of some 500,000 Armenians around the world.
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