House Museum Project

The Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual Fund purchased William Saroyan’s Fresno home in 2015 and announced the start of the William Saroyan House Museum project. The aim of the project is to reveal the character and nature of the writer, allowing one to experience his lesser-known aspects, and convey these through unique non-traditional exhibits. Recordings from Saroyan’s musical archive will be played in the rooms to impart a Saroyan environment, and in one of the rooms, the writer will be present in the form of a holographic image. For a complete representation of the prominent writer, the project has created a digital archive, comprised of Saroyan memorabilia, photographs, paintings, graphics, movies and audio recordings. The museum is the first in the region to offer these innovative features and the only museum in the world dedicated to the renowned writer William Saroyan. The house at 2729 West Griffith Way in Fresno, where Saroyan spent the last 17 ½ years of his life, will serve as his permanent address.

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.

Artur Janibekyan

Philanthropist and Founder of the “Renaissance” Cultural and Intellectual Foundation

Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Director, Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno

Raphael Hovhannisyan

President of the Pan-Armenian Geographical Association

Nora Yakoubyan

Community activist and retired educator

Dr. Dickran Kouymjian

Professor of Armenian Studies, Emeritus, California State University, Fresno

Raphael Hakobjanyan

Writer and playwright


The William Saroyan House Museum support team in Armenia, consists of young, motivated and creative professionals, who aim to protect and preserve Saroyan’s heritage as well as the museum’s collection.

Hakob Hakobyan

Director of “Renaissance” Cultural and Intellectual foundation

Avag Simonyan

Project manager

Hasmik Meloyan

Archive manager

Lusine Mkhitaryan

Project assistant

Anna Evoyan

Project assistant

Yelena Hakhumyan

Project assistant

Satenik Danielyan

Graphic designer

Siranush Danielyan

Graphic designer

Tigran Artenyan

Graphic designer

About the

The “Renaissance” Cultural and Intellectual Foundation, founded by Armenian Philanthrophist Artur Janibekyan, is a non-profit charitable organization established in Armenia. It operates under the laws and international treaties of the Republic of Armenia The foundation works on preserving, developing, and sharing Armenian intellectual and cultural heritage. The foundation has a subsidiary nonprofit in California, USA, under which the Williams Saroyan House Museum operates.

Lovers Club

Following the creation of the Saroyan House project, the Saroyan lovers Club was launched in Armenia for Saroyan enthusiasts and friends, people who knew or met him, Saroyan specialists and university students. They meet monthly to explore aspects of the writer, read his works, watch films, and discuss and analyze his craft. Among the Saroyan specialists are film director Julieta Kazhoyan, painter, photographer Vahan Kochar, president of "Hayheghinak" NGO Susanna Nersisyan, film critic, translator Artsvi Bakhchinyan and others.