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Margaret C. Tellalian Kyrkostas
The Anthropology Museum of the People of New York
Sherman Gallery, Ellis Island
September 6, 1997 - February 28, 1998
A compelling and definitive book on the Ellis Island Armenian exhibit and censorship controversy. Featuring a pictorial guide of Armenians throughout history, the contributions of Armenians to America and unpublished photographs of the first genocide of the 20th Century, The 1915 Armenian Genocide.
Note: The catalog was published in 1998. All statisitics an information date to the time of the publication.
This unique exhibit is on permanent display at The Anthropology Museum of the People of New York at Queens College, Queens, New York.
On Saturday, April 16, 2005 , The Anthropology Museum of the People of New York and The Armenian Cultural Educational Resource Center Gallery, had it's ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration of the official opening of their first major exhibition "The Human Face of Anthropology" and "Armenia: Memories From My Home."
The seeds of the Museum Without Walls was a 26 year plan by anthropologists Margaret Mead and, Margaret C. Tellalian-Kyrkosta, executive director. The mission of the Museum is to promote understanding of ethnic differences and to celebrate cultural diversity.
The Anthropology Gallery includes a section on "The Voyage of Human Origins". The illustrations display the views on how humans emerged, by referring to the book of Genesis and include myths from China, India, Egypt and Greece. There are in all, 15 views represented. Other panels include scientific views of the first human.
The highlight of the Museum is the gallery featuring the exhibit, "Armenia: Memories From My Home," which was featured at Ellis Island from 1997-98 in the Sherman Gallery. It should be noted that the National Park Service censored the the exhibit on opening day, because of the use of the words "Genocide," "Massacres" and related photos on the "1915 Armenian Genocide" panel. Speaker of the New York City Council, at the time, Peter Vallone, interceded and asked that the exhibit be opened without the headings until the issue could be resolved. The controversy was followed for three weeks by the media and other government officials all over the country. The headings and photos were re-instated, after negotiations with the National Park Service Administrators and a delegation of Armenian-American community leaders reached a compromise.
The Armenian Gallery also covers the history, languange, art, music and immigration experience of of the Armenians, truly an enduring culture. At the center of the Gallery sits a female Armenian skull, circa 3100 B.C.E. from Lake Sevan, Armenia.
Armenia is indicated in the above Post-Diluvian map by the circled area. According to legend, Noah's Ark landed on Mt. Ararat in 2348 BCE. At the height of its power, during the period 150-75 BCE, Tigran II extended the borders of Armenia between the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas (Map design: Athanasii Kircheri, S.J. Society of Jesus).
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