Armenians of the Merrimack Valley (Images of America) by E. Philip Brown,Tom Vartabedian

By E. Philip Brown,Tom Vartabedian

whilst one thinks of the Merrimack Valley, shoe outlets and turbines spring to mind. consequently, it was once a hotbed for Armenian immigrants following global warfare I and the genocide that robbed Armenia of part its inhabitants, with a few 1.5 million sufferers misplaced by the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Empire and one other million humans uprooted from their houses and scattered to a Diaspora. a lot of those refugees got here to the Merrimack Valley�settling within the towns of Haverhill, Lawrence, and Lowell�to eke out a greater lifestyles for themselves and their households. apart from sweatshop hard work, they sought paintings as barbers and mercenaries, company vendors and handymen, going to nighttime institution for greater English criteria and conserving their wealthy historical past and tradition intact with their church buildings and neighborhood facilities. regardless of the discrimination they confronted with their �strange� names and life, the Armenians remained tenacious and resilient, contributing to the general welfare in their new promised land.

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