Near East Relief Historical Society welcomes the passage of a historic Senate resolution recognizing and remembering the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
In the December issue children of Near East Relief orphanages make “Christmas out of nothing” while fighting continues between Greek and Turkish forces, leading to the massacre of Greek villagers near Trebizond. In the aftermath of the Battle of Alexandropol NER workers chose to remain with the orphans and patients in their care and receive thanks President Ohandjanian of Armenia. Thousands of Greek, Assyrian and Armenian refugees overwhelm the Port of Batum. The League of Nations continues to wrestle with the problems in the region and Denmark considers a mandate.
Inside the November issue NNE explores the different religions and sects of the region, tells the story of Miss. Myrtle O. Shane who refused to leave the children behind in Alexandropol and how NER workers in Adana kept the soup kitchen open during months of Turkish bombardment.
On October 29, 2019, an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress approved a resolution to commemorate the Armenian Genocide through recognition and remembrance. The resolution acknowledged the crucial efforts of Ambassador Henry Morgenthau and Near East Relief on behalf of the survivors of the genocide.
Despite the end of World War I in 1917, war and food shortages continued in the Near East as competing powers fought for dominance throughout the region. Confronted with the challenge of how to feed thousands of refugees, Near East Relief found creative ways to appeal to the American public to support humanitarian work.
The October issue discusses the impact of the Treaty of Sevres and takes an in depth look at education in the Near East.
In the September issue Turkish armistices are made and broken on a daily basis in Aintab, and Dr. Blanche Norton makes progress in the struggle against trachoma in Aleppo.
In the July and August issue more than 100 Near East Relief workers prepare for the Fall Campaign at a conference in New Jersey and learn about the Armenians of Aintab fighting back with ancient cannonballs, homemade bombs and hand made spears. The Boy Scouts offer training in Smyrna and the children of Sivas excel at learning new trades.
In honor of Father’s Day this past weekend in the US on June 16, we celebrate fathers around the world and all the men who take on the role of being a father figure for those who have lost theirs.
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The June edition includes an overview of the training programs in several of the orphanages, takes a detailed look at cloth manufacturing, reported on conditions in Urfa and more.
Thank you for your support over the past two years.
The Near East Relief orphanage at Erivan (now Yerevan, Armenia) has a fascinating story that is all its own.
Five thousand refugees. Six thousand acres of farmland. At last, they had a place to call home. But for how long?
Let’s catch up with Near East Relief worker Annie Allen. This is a continuation of her diary from September 1920.
Have you ever wondered what life was really like for Near East Relief workers? Annie T. Allen kept a diary of her trip into the Turkish interior in September 1920. These entries were published in the April 9, 1921 issue of Near East Relief.
The brave women who worked for Near East Relief were years ahead of their time. This 1922 article showcases just a few of the organization’s pioneering women.
On September 16, 1915, a group of businessmen, educators, and philanthropists met in New York City. Their mission: to save the lives of a suffering people in the Near East. One hundred and one years later, the Near East Foundation celebrates this history with an eye toward the future.
There is enough confusion about this issue that your loyal curator thought it was time for a Dispatch. Let’s demystify the many names of Near East Relief.
Alice Carr was a teacher, a nurse, and a lifelong humanitarian. Carr was a pioneering force behind Near East Relief’s orphanage work in Greece. She was also an accomplished medical specialist who helped transform Near East Relief to the Near East Foundation.
Persia (modern-day Iran) was a key area of Near East Relief’s work with Assyrian Christians — yet this part of the relief effort has been largely overlooked. Let’s rediscover it together.
It was a time of brutal conflict, and countless innocent lives hung in the balance. Near East Relief would have to work quickly to save thousands of orphans — and it did.
How did a massive Ottoman army barracks become a home to 9,000 refugees fleeing military violence?
By 1921, the Queen of Cities was inundated with refugees from Anatolia, the Caucasus, and Russia. Thousands of lives hung in the balance. What could Near East Relief do?
The golden city on the Bosphorus had it all: wealth, beauty, diversity . . . and a burgeoning refugee crisis.
Two thousand Near East Relief orphans found a temporary home — and two dedicated relief workers found love — in a gleaming palace by the sea. Sadly, the shores of Corfu were also the site of a great tragedy.
We found so many fantastic pictures of Near East Relief’s work in Athens that one Dispatch just wasn’t enough.
After a sudden and life-threatening flight from Turkey, Near East Relief orphans found a new home in an ancient city.
It was a paradisiacal setting with very real dangers. Learn how the orphans of Corinth overcame the odds — with the help of two incredible women.
Let’s visit Juniyeh Orphanage, where 500 girls found strength in survival.
April 24th marks the 101st anniversary of the Genocide against the Armenians, Assyrians, and Anatolian Greeks. How will you remember?
A Crusaders’ castle for a classroom. An archaeological site for a playground. Let’s dig into the story of Jubeil Orphanage.
This emotional essay by Azad Kechian, age 12, was published in the New Near East magazine in April 1924. In addition to being a Genocide survivor, Azad Kechian survived the devastating 1923 malaria epidemic that struck Nahr Ibrahim Orphanage and the surrounding community. He wrote about the experience of leaving his orphanage home for Jubail with a clarity and sensitivity far beyond his 12 years.
Today we are joined by Vicken Babkenian, an independent researcher and an expert on Australia’s work with Near East Relief.
Our collection of historical photographs is second to none. But there is one thing that is usually missing: names.
Explore one of the Near East Foundation’s most beloved archival items in this special video dispatch.
Not every mystery can be solved.
Nellie’s busy vacation at the Birds’ Nest comes to an end — with a few special surprises.
Nellie’s visit to the Birds’ Nest continues with a busy day in the life of the orphans.
Near East Relief worker Nellie Miller loved to visit the little “birdies” at the Birds’ Nest Orphanage.
What goes on behind the scenes at the Near East Relief Historical Society?
On February 16, 1919, a large group of Near East Relief volunteers set out to make history.
Happy Valentine’s Day from NERHS!
In our last Dispatch we asked some fundamental questions about the Armenian Genocide. This particular question merits further exploration.
As the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide approaches, we address a few fundamental questions about this important chapter in global history.
The people that were lucky enough to survive the Armenian Genocide faced difficult obstacles and painful choices. For brave families like the Karjians, survival was only the beginning.
In which assumptions are questioned, first impressions are revisited, and the mystery is revealed. Your Museum Detective is about to have an Epiphany.
How do we unravel the mysteries that we find in our archives? NERHS Director/Curator continues our crash course in museum detective work.
How do we unravel the mysteries that we find in our archives? NERHS Director/Curator gives a crash course in museum detective work.
How did Near East Relief orphans celebrate Christmas? With tasty treats, small gifts, and sometimes even a visit from Santa Claus himself!
Near East Relief began publishing the New Near East magazine as a way to keep the public engaged. Nearly 100 years later, the issues offer incredible insight into Near East Relief’s work.
The church at Kazachi Post appears in many Near East Relief photographs. What is the story behind the majestic building?
Between 1915 and 1925 the city of Aleppo, Syria welcomed tens of thousands of Armenian orphans and refugees.
In 1921, a charming orphan girl became an international sensation as the star of Near East Relief’s Alice in Hungerland. Today we honor Alice Duryea Kinney, who passed away this week at the age of 103.
Dr. Mabel Elliott was a physician with American Women’s Hospitals. She joined Near East Relief on loan from AWH in 1919, and served NER until October 1923. Elliott’s work with NER took her to the most dangerous and desperate places: Marash, Ismid, Alexandropol, the Greek Islands.
Dr. Mabel Elliott was a physician with American Women’s Hospitals. She joined Near East Relief on loan from AWH in 1919, and served NER until October 1923. Elliott’s work with NER took her to the most dangerous and desperate places: Marash, Ismid, Alexandropol, the Greek Islands. The intrepid Dr. Elliott was a true public health pioneer. Part 1 in a two-part series!
Charles Vernon Vickrey joined the committee that would become Near East Relief as an early member in 1915. As General Secretary, Vickrey oversaw Near East Relief’s groundbreaking promotional campaigns.
The Near East Relief Historical Society is proud to announce the release of They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief, a new Near East Relief curriculum guide!
In 1923, Greece agreed to accept more than 16,000 Near East Relief orphans after the evacuation from Turkey. Many of those orphans built a new home (literally) on the beautiful island of Syra.
The committee that would become Near East Relief met for the first time on September 16, 1915. One hundred years later, the Near East Foundation (NEF) continues Near East Relief’s legacy of helping vulnerable populations through sustainable development programs.
Harold C. Jaquith and Mary Harin Jaquith met through Near East Relief in Constantinople. Their life together was an adventure that spanned countries and decades.
Near East Industries provided a source of income for thousands of refugee women. It was much more than a series of shops — it was a means of cultural preservation.
Dr. James L. Barton led this organization for 21 years, from its beginnings as a temporary committee to its emergence as the internationally acclaimed Near East Foundation. Who was the quiet man behind the greatest American international humanitarian campaign of all time?
In 1918, Aurora Mardiganian astonished the American people with her account of the Armenian Genocide. What can we learn from the double tragedy of Aurora Mardiganian’s life story?
With more than 20,000 children in residence, what was it like to call the Orphan City home? This dispatch is the second in a series about life in Alexandropol, Near East Relief’s largest orphanage complex.
If one of your relatives grew up in a Near East Relief orphanage in Armenia, there is a good chance he or she lived in Alexandropol – a complex of three orphanages that housed more than 22,000 children at its peak. This dispatch is the first in a series about Alexandropol.
Barclay Acheson was active in Near East Relief and Near East Foundation from 1922 to 1957. His early photographs from the field form an integral part of our collection.
In 1924, nine-year-old Jackie Coogan raised more than $1 million in goods and cash for Near East Relief. Who was this pint-sized humanitarian?
A Near East Relief pamphlet from the 1920s asked the question, “Shall the Near East Have Music?” The answer was a resounding “yes.”
Near East Relief Bundle Day volunteers gathered sacks of sturdy clothing and shoes for refugees and orphans in the Near East. “The Bigger Your Bundle, The Bigger Your Heart” was a popular Bundle Day slogan.
The Near East Relief orphanages required an astonishing amount of food. Where did it come from?
Announcing the Nellie Miller Mann Collection, a captivating group of images illustrating one relief worker’s time with Near East Relief. The Collection is now available in our digital archive.
Near East Relief used bright colors, emotional images, and heartfelt slogans to capture the attention of the American people.
There are several excellent guides available for teaching about the Armenian Genocide, but there has never been a curriculum specific to Near East Relief’s work — until now.
Near East Relief began as an emergency relief operation but quickly evolved into a massive orphanage school system.
Learn how Zadi made the journey from Near East Relief orphan to American child, capturing the heart of a nation in the process.
Have you had a chance to see They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief on display in Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.? Would you like to see the exhibition to your own city?
In 2002, a Near East Foundation Board member envisioned a website that would immerse visitors in the history of this organization, from its roots as a small committee responding to a humanitarian crisis to its emergence as a pioneering philanthropic effort.