Artifacts

Hampartzoum’s Prayer Book

Front inside cover with Hampartzoum’s handwriting

Back inside cover with Hampartzoum’s handwriting

This is the only possession Hampartzoum left from Perri with. He purchased this prayer book one day while walking down the roadside. He saw a Turkish boy flipping thru it and asked if he could see it. He then asked the boy if he could purchase it with the few coins in his pocket, the boy happily obliged. This book brought much comfort to Hampartzoum and those he would travel with because during the daytime they would hide and read and then travel by starlight at night. They did this all the way from Perri to Iran. Hampartzoum says that he is not sure that he would have survived his ordeal without this book.

The Chitjian Family Collection of Artifacts

This collection has been organized by region

Sample pages from the Regionally organized artifacts catalog

The Chitjian Family Collection of Artifacts

This collection has been organized chronologically

Sample pages from the chronologically organized artifacts catalog

Certain Highlighted Artifacts

Highlights of interest from Sara’s artifacts collection that depict aspects of history and everyday life which include certain cultural attributes.

War Time (World War 2) Gasoline Rationing

Crystalware Hampartzoum produced in Mexico.

Model of a 1957 Chey Bel Aire, the car that was Sara’s pride and joy! Sara’s Father bought her the real car in 1957 and still has it till today!

Sara found this little treasure when she was about 4 years old.

An Armenian alphabet game that Sara received as a child while living in Bonnie beach, East Los Angeles in the 1930’s.