October 26 - November 7, 2019
Reception: Saturday, October 26, 3 - 5pm
This exhibit explains the role of the YMCA and American relief work during the first republic of Armenia (1918-1920) and focuses on John Elder and James O. Arroll who arrived in Yerevan in January 1918 to open a YMCA center. Neither Elder nor Arroll had anticipated being stranded as the only Americans left in the country’s capital city with all communication to the outside world cut off when the front line faltered. World War I was still raging at the time and Allied forces were in retreat on the Caucasian front. The November 11, 1918 Armistice that ended World War I was many months away. By the time they left Yerevan in August 1919, Elder and Arroll had become responsible for the entire operation set up by U.S.-based charities, which earned them tribute from U.S. President Herbert Hoover.
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Located in Art & Design Center, on N. University Dr. (Plummer St.) Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 12-4pm, Thursday 12-8pm Parking: Lot E6 at Halsted and Lindley. $8.00 Daily. Obtain permit from Yellow and Grey self-serve dispensers.