YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–The Armenian Revolutionary Federation History Museum was inaugurated during an official ceremony Friday at Yerevan’s Kristapor Mikaelian Center, with the party’s leaders and supporters on hand to mark this momentous occasion.
The first of its exhibits is dedicated to the first Independent Republic of Armenia from 1918 to 1920. The exhibit details the ARF’s activities during that period when the party governed the fledgling republic. Government documen’s, stamps and other artifacts are the centerpiece of the exhibit, as well as official documen’s presented by Armenia at the Versailles Armistice in 1919. Personal effects from Armenia’s prime ministers Hamo Ohanjanian, Alexander Khadissian, Simon Vratsian and Hovannes Kadjaznouni, as well as generals Antranig and Dro are among the highlights of the exhibit.
Opened in 1946, the ARF History Museum was in Paris and throughout the years has accumulated more than 3,000 artifacts chronicling the party’s history. After the ARF’s return to Armenia, the museum and the ARF archives have been transferred to Armenia.
Among the dignitaries attending the opening was Socialist International president Luis Ayala, who welcomed the establishment of the museum as an historic and important turning point in the ARF’s history.
The opening began with a ribbon cutting ceremony by ARF Bureau chairman Hrant Markarian and museum and library benefactor Zohrab Tazian, an ARF leader from the Eastern US.
Welcoming remarks were made by ARF Bureau member Albert Adjemian, who emphasized the importance of moving the party’s history museum to Armenia’since its resumption of activities there.
“The opening of the museum has filled a great void in Armenia’s history,” said the director of the Genocide Museum and Institute Haik Demoyan, who called the exhibit one the richest collections from one of Armenia’s “most dramatic” historical turning points.