Armenians have become an important part of American life over the past century, but with the exception of museums in Glendale, CA and Watertown, MA, there are few places where archival material, photographs, relics, textiles and additional memorabilia of the Armenian-American experience can last for posterity.

Heritage Fresno, a non-profit here in the San Joaquin Valley that seeks to preserve much of this city's impressive history, is trying to establish such a museum in one of the most important epicenters of the Armenian Diaspora.

Their venture is the Armenian Cultural Conservancy, which has the support of Midge and Charles Bartlett, the Humanics Program at Fresno State and a core group of volunteers in California's fifth largest city. Despite the fact that Armenians have been a vital part of Fresno's life since the late nineteenth century, there is no repository here in town. Even though more Armenians now live in Southern California than the Central Valley, the stubborn fact persists that many Armenians here on the West Coast can trace their roots to the vicinity of the train tracks that are now in southern Fresno.

The goal is to have a facility, preferably in the restored Little Armenia district in downtown Fresno, where these treasures can be studied and enjoyed by future generations. Those who are interested in donating objects, their time, resources or money can contact the organization here.

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Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.