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Granddaughter will Speak About Diana Apcar's 'Stories of Armenia' ISBN 1414016115

Fresno State News, CA Oct 15 2004

Lucille Apcar will speak on her grandmother Diana Agabeg Apcar's new book, "From the Book of One Thousand Tales: Stories of Armenia and Its People 1892-1922," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, as part of the fall 2004 Armenian Studies Program Lecture Series at California State University, Fresno.

The lecture will be held in the Alice Peters Auditorium of the University Business Center, 5245 N. Backer Ave. It is free and open to the public.

In the early 20th century, Diana Apcar wrote a collection of stories that revealed atrocities committed against Armenians and her book reflects these stories of a people and their courage and determination.

Diana Apcar was born in Rangoon, and lived her later years in Yokohama, Japan, where she died in 1937. A keen businesswoman, she assisted her husband in a prosperous trade in Japan. She corresponded with many noted personalities in the academic, political and business world. She served as consul to the Republic of Armenia, making her the first woman to serve in a diplomatic capacity. This position enabled her to provide assistance to hundreds of refugees fleeing Turkish and Russian oppression, providing the stories for "One Thousand Tales." The manuscript for this book was discovered among family papers by her granddaughter, Lucille Apcar, who realized the importance of sharing these stories with the world.

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