Fresno: Granddaughter will Speak About Diana Apcar’s ‘Stories ofArme

Granddaughter will Speak About Diana Apcar’s ‘Stories of Armenia’

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.

“One Thousand Tales” will be available for purchase at the lecture.

Parking restrictions will be relaxed in Lots A and J, near the
University Business Center.

For more information, call the Armenian Studies Program, at (559)