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.
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 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.
Director of “Renaissance” Cultural and Intellectual foundation