Survive, Remember, Thrive: Armenian Traditions in Western New York
In the early and mid-twentieth century, Niagara Falls (NY) became a home to many resettled survivors of the Armenian Genocide (1915) and their descendants: either through direct settlement or migration from other regions of the US in connection to the then-economic boom of the city.
The East Falls Street neighborhood in Niagara Falls in particular became the major hub for the local Armenian community in Western New York, solidified through the building of two churches and a community center in the mid-20th century: St. Sarkis Armenian Church, the Armenian Community Center, and St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church.
While the community has fallen from its peak population in the mid-20th century, Armenian cultural heritage continues to be practiced locally by descendants within the historic community—and also by new immigrants to the Buffalo-Niagara region from Armenia.
Scope of Collection
This collection contains audio interviews with select members of the local Armenian community in Western New York, recorded between 2021 and 2022 as part of the Survive, Remember, Thrive | Armenian Traditions in Western New York documentary video series.
Each interview highlights a different aspect of Armenian cultural heritage practiced locally: including oral history and family narratives, food traditions, needlework, carpentry, music, and more.
Excerpts from each interview is paired with select documentary footage of that tradition, and produced as a shortform video feature within the Survive, Remember, Thrive video series. This video series can be watched for free on the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University Youtube Channel.