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Story of a Photograph

Story of a photograph

In the photo French Armenian Legionnaires take a break by making music in the field; c. 1920; location and photographer unidentified. Diran Patapanian, father of the photo donor, holds a demitasse cup and his clarinet. His best friend Shahin Hachadoorian stands at right. Courtesy of Ed Patapanian.

In 1983 this photograph was donated by John Smith.

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The Story of Project Save


Founded in NYC by Ruth Thomasian


Looking at Ourselves traveling photo exhibit


As the photo collection grows, Project SAVE moves to a house on Elton Ave in Watertown, MA


Project SAVE moves to its current larger office spaces in Watertown Square


40th anniversary celebration event at Scottish Rite Museum in Lexington, MA


Ruth Thomasian enters semi-retirement & passes the torch to Dr. Arto Vaun


With over 60,000 hard-copy photos & growing, Project SAVE enters an exciting new chapter