House Museum Project
The Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual Fund purchased William Saroyan’s Fresno home in 2015 and announced the start of the Saroyan House Museum project. The aim of the project is to reveal the character and nature of the writer, allowing one to experience his little-known perspectives, and convey these through unique high- tech presentations. The house at 2729 West Griffith Way, where Saroyan spent the last 17 years of his life, will serve as his permanent address. For a complete representation of the prominent writer, the project has created the largest digital archive, collected and conserved related Saroyan memorabilia, photographs, paintings, graphics, movies and recordings. The collection will be displayed through interactive technology. Recordings from Saroyan’s musical archive will be played in the rooms to ensure a Saroyan environment, and in one of the rooms, the writer will be present in the form of a holographic image. The museum is the first in the region to offer these innovative solutions and the first house museum in the world for the renowned writer William Saroyan.
Board of Trustees
Following the establishment of the project, a board of trustees was formed, whose distinguished members have greatly contributed to the concepts of the project.
Philanthropist and Founder of the “Renaissance” Cultural and Intellectual Foundation
Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian
Director, Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno
President of the Pan-Armenian Geographical Association
Community activist and retired educator
Dr. Dickran Kouymjian
Professor of Armenian Studies, Emeritus, California State University, Fresno
Writer and playwright
The William Saroyan House Museum staff consists of young, motivated and creative professionals, who aim to protect and preserve Saroyan’s heritage as well as the museum’s collection.
Director of “Renaissance” Cultural and Intellectual foundation