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A Call to Action from Grand Commander Hunan Arshakian and Grand Chairwoman Gloria Korkoian

We are facing serious challenges as we, who are safe and secure in the United States, witness the blockade of Artsakh. In 1916, the Knights of Vartan was formed to assisted the survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Now 106 years later, our brothers and sisters in Artsakh are in dire straits. Over 120,000 people are in this land blockade without access to the outside world.

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Daughters of Vartan Woman of the Year 2021

By ND Nancy Hammoudian
In keeping with the mission and goals of the Daughters of Vartan organization to nurture our Armenian culture and ethnic values, it was the Grand Council’s honor to award Maggie Mangassarian Goschin as the 2021 Woman of the Year.

AD Alice Kalustian presenting the Woman of the Year Maggie Goschin

Maggie Goschin is the Director of the Ararat-Eskijian Museum in Mission Hills, CA. For over 24 years, Maggie has served the Museum. The collections in the Ararat-Eskijian museum continue to grow and expand. Artifacts, art, more than 6000 books including prof. Vahakn N. Dadrian, Prof. Robert Hewsen entire library/archives and other archives as well. The museum collection comprises of Armenian carpets, large collection of copper collection with Armenian inscriptions, Jewelry, ceramic & embroidery, and many other heirlooms are on display telling the story of our rich Armenian history. Maggie has also organized speakers and Armenian programs held at the Museum for the community.

In early July, 2021, past Grand Chairwoman Alice Kalustian accompanied by her Grand Council, visited the Ararat-Eskijian Museum to present Maggie Goschin with this well-deserved award. Maggie was surrounded by family, friends, her designer and Ararat Home COO Past Commander of Sevan Lodge, Derik Ghookasian. A video of the presentation and museum tour was broadcast at the beginning of the Virtual 81st Grand Convocation for the Daughters of Vartan Leadership and Delegates to view.

We are grateful to Maggie for all the years of time, work, dedication and love that she has put into making this Museum so special. We ask God’s blessings for Maggie to continue with her very important and special work.
Past Grand Chairwoman Alice suggests when visiting Southern California, to please visit the Ararat-Eskijian Museum. Also many artifacts and events are online at