By E. Philip Brown,Tom Vartabedian

whilst one thinks of the Merrimack Valley, shoe retailers and turbines are evoked. therefore, it was once a hotbed for Armenian immigrants following international struggle 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. lots of those refugees got here to the Merrimack Valley�settling within the towns of Haverhill, Lawrence, and Lowell�to eke out a greater existence for themselves and their households. other than sweatshop hard work, they sought paintings as barbers and mercenaries, company proprietors and handymen, going to nighttime university for larger English criteria and conserving their wealthy history and tradition intact with their church buildings and group facilities. regardless of the discrimination they confronted with their �strange� names and existence, the Armenians remained tenacious and resilient, contributing to the final welfare in their new promised land.

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