A Historic Armenian Map Was Restored During The Pandemic.

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George Aghjayan used to look at a map when he was in the Hairenik building in Watertown, the map was a hand drawn map by Mardiros Kheranian in 1922 and included many Armenian villages. Aghjayan had tried to take images of the map with his camera but they were not satisfactory due to the large size, and the glare from the glass covering it. The map had also sustained water damage and the cloth map had been stretched and stapled to a piece of plywood, which is less than ideal to look at.Aghjayan eventually contacted the Harvard Map Library which put him in contact with Louise Baptiste of Paper Conservator. Louise took on the project of restoring the map to its original grandeur with enthusiasm and after a year of painstaking work, the map was restored. It has now been returned to the Hairenik waiting for a new frame that will protect and preserve it. The digitized map will be made freely available through Houshamadyan: A project to reconstruct Ottoman Armenian town and village life.

https://armenianweekly.com/2021/06/02/a-historic-armenian-maps-restoration-journey-during-the-pandemic/

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