The Los Angeles Public Library welcomes “They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief,” a traveling exhibit curated by the Near East Foundation to recognize the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide (1915-1930) and commemorate the outpouring of generosity by the American people. The exhibit will be on display from May 4 through May 30, 2015, at theValley Plaza Branch Library.
The 14 panel exhibit chronicles the story of the Near East Relief (NER) organization, and how the United States assisted refugees of the first genocide of the 20th century. Entirely funded by the American people, Near East Relief (NER) rescued and provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who were displaced by the Armenian Genocide. Mandated by President Woodrow Wilson and legislated by Congress, humanitarian efforts included orphanages, refugee centers, clinics, hospitals and schools for the survivors. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours and is co-sponsored by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, and the Los Angeles Public Library. “America, We Thank You” is an initiative of the Armenian National Committee of America, Western Region.
This exhibit was previosly on display March 7 to April 30, 2015, at the Central Library.