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Museum's Story

The absence of Saroyan’s personal items inspired the project curators to design the emptied space in a way that would speak to the character of the original owner. The inclusion of items not featured originally in the house was therefore ruled out given its potential to injure the authenticity and historical accuracy of the concept. The decision to largely exclude personal items from the museum also meant bypassing the common practice of oversaturating house museums with personal belongings to create a particular atmosphere.

By harnessing the power of archival materials, the curators hoped to renew interest in Saroyan’s mostly underrated legacy in the USA and draw attention to the complexity of his creative persona.

In the William Saroyan House Museum, visitors are no longer passive viewers skipping from one exhibit to another. Instead, they are actively engaged with the artworks on display in the interest of a more profound experience of the space and the character that once inhabited it.

Membership

The mission of the William Saroyan Museum is to educate and promote the legacy and works of William Saroyan, revealing his talents as an artist in several genres; and presenting them in a non-traditional style. Much as Saroyan 'liberated' the short story, we hope to redefine the conventional view of a museum, going beyond our 4 walls to re-engage the world in the gift that is William Saroyan. Your financial support will enable the Museum to promote the life and legacy of William Saroyan and offer public education and events.

You can support the museum through a direct donation, or by becoming a member.
All members will receive: Personalized Membership Card Invitation to all events Quarterly E-News

Types of membership:

Individual

  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to all events
  • Quarterly E-News
  • Membership Gift
$5 per month or $50 per year

Supporter

  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to all events
  • Quarterly E-News
  • Membership Gift
  • 10% Discount on Merchandise
$10 per month or $100 per year

Contributor

  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to all events
  • Quarterly E-News
  • Membership Gift
  • 10% Discount on Merchandise
  • 10% Discount on up to two tickets per paid event
$15 per month or $150 per year

Benefactor

  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to all events
  • Quarterly E-News
  • Membership Gift
  • 15% Discount on Merchandise
  • 15% Discount on up to two tickets per paid event
$25 per month or $250 per year

Patron

  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to all events
  • Quarterly E-News
  • Membership Gift
  • 20% Discount on Merchandise
  • 20% Discount on up to two tickets per paid event
$50 per month or $500 per year

Friends of Saroyan

  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to all events
  • Quarterly E-News
  • 2 Tickets to yearly private dinner, hosted at the museum Exclusive Saroyan Collectible
  • 25% Discount on Merchandise Membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Association
$250 per month or $2500 per year
(limited number)

Corporate Sponsorship

  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to all events
  • Quarterly E-News
  • Corporate Sponsor Recognition at all public events
  • 2 Tickets to yearly private dinner, hosted at the museum
  • Name displayed on the donor wall
  • Private guest lecturer and wine reception event at the museum
  • Exclusive Saroyan Collectible 25% Discount on Merchandise
$500 per month $5000 per year (limited number)

The William Saroyan House Museum is wholly operated and owned by the Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual Foundation, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Republic of Armenia, qualified and authorized to transact intrastate business in the State of California, exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 50l(c) (3).

Donations to the Museum can be sent to:

Renaissance Cultural and Intellectual Foundation

2729 W. Griffith Way

Fresno, CA 93705

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