Gulbenkian Foundation Donates $50,000 to ARF Archives Institute

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Archives Institute announced last week that it has received a $50,000 grant from world-renowned Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, based in Lisbon, Portugal. The grant will fund the upgrade and advancement of the institute’s technological capabilities, which will greatly enhance the activities of the organization..

In thanking the Armenian division of the Gulbenkian Foundation, ARF Archives Institute director Vatche Proodian and publications director Yervant Pamboukian have welcomed the grant, emphasizing the important role Gulbenkian Armenian Division director Zaven Yegavian has played in the preservation of Armenian culture and national ideals.

The archives institute leaders have singled out Yegavian’s important role in garnering financial assistance to Armenian national and cultural institutions, expressing hope that similar programs will continue in the future.

The ARF Archives Institute was founded in July 2008 with the mission to categorize and process the archives through technologically advanced methods, prepare them for publication, and make them available for academic research in an internationally accepted manner. The archives are currently being digitized.

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Andy Turpin

Andy Turpin has been the assistant editor of the Armenian Weekly since 2006. He was raised in Palma City, Fla. His family is of Italian, Welsh and Armenized-Romani stock. He graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., with degrees in history and journalism. Following graduation, he went to Armenia as an English as a Second Language (ESL) U.S. Peace Corp volunteer. He received his CELTA-ESL degree from Cambridge University in 2006.

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