ARMENIAN HERITAGE MONUMENT
Welcome to the launch of the Armenian Heritage Monument Campaign.
A groundbreaking ceremony and site blessing took place on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 to coincide with Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day held annually on April 24 to commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Highlighting the event was the site blessing by H.E. Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of US. The site of the Armenian Heritage Monument is in Pine Grove Cemetery where the majority of Armenians in Whitinsville have been laid to rest. God willing, the monument will be completed before the winter weather arrives.
From the early 1880s to the 1920s, a wave of Armenian immigrants made their way to the Whitin Machine Works, playing a crucial role in the labor force and local economy. Over time, Whitinsville became known for having one of the highest per capita concentrations of Armenians in the United States. Grateful for the opportunities afforded to them, these immigrants seized the chance to forge new lives. They exhibited wisdom in investing their savings to establish small businesses and acquire homes. Those with limited skills aspired to advance to more promising positions and more prosperous future.
The monument will honor the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future about the important legacy of the heritage of Armenians in Whitinsville and Blackstone Valley.
Join us in creating the Armenian Heritage Monument, a lasting legacy in our community. Your donation will help bring this meaningful project to life. Enclosed is a donation form for your convenience. For inquiries, contact our dedicated committee members. Together, let’s honor and celebrate the rich Armenian heritage that has shaped our community. Thank you for your support.
In The News:
“Whitinsville Breaks Ground for New Armenian Heritage Monument” in The Armenian Weekly https://armenianweekly.com/2023/04/24/whitinsville-breaks-ground-for-new-armenian-heritage-monument/
Learn more about the Armenians in Massachusetts
Armenians of Whitinsville
The Armenians of Whitinsville project is many things. At its core, this project is a celebration of a special
community. It’s also a glimpse into Armenian identity as it’s changed over the years. Ultimately this
project will be a snapshot of the diaspora as seen through the experience of this particular community.
If you have had ancestors that at any time in the past had lived in Whitinsville, been part of the
community for any period of time, or if you live in Whitinsville now, please consider contributing your
story by contacting them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Armenians of Whitinsville Webinar sponsored by: Armenian Cultural Foundation • Armenians of
Whitinsville • Gregory Jundanian • Lisa Misakian • NAASR • Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives
Northbridge Historical Society, Armenians in Whitinsville
Monuments in Massachusetts:
Armenian Heritage Park, on the Greenway, Boston
If you have any questions, please contact our dedicated committee members:
Hagop Antranigian, Peter Bedigian, George Marashian, Victoria Waterman.