Studies have been initiated for the establishment of a United States Turkish Library and Museum for Friendship and Peace in New York City by 2015 with the support of Turkish-Americans, Turks and their friends from around the world. New York City is home to many great Libraries and Museums, including the world famous Public Library at Bryan Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and Museum and hundreds of others (1).
There are also Libraries and Museums dedicated to Greece and Greek history, Jewish History, American Indians and many others, but none for Turks and the Turkish history. And yet, Turkey is considered the 17th largest economy in the world with a population of 73 million and the Turkish World boasting to be well over 300 million Turkish speaking people.
We all know that there is the ‘’US Memorial Museum of Holocaust’’ in WDC where a panel with a fabricated Hitler statement is displayed on the Armenian issue, and seen by over 2.5 million visitors to the Museum and read by more millions in the Museum Book. We have been readiing in the Armenian press that work is proceeding on the establishment of an “Armenian Genocide Museum” in WDC, near the Holocaust Museum and the White House, and the “Armenian Museum” in Los Angeles, both slated to open in 2015. What we are proposing is not the exhibition of the horrors of the world wars where millions of innocent people died and the guilty lived on, but exposure of Friendship and Peace. One of the best characteristics of Turkish people is their legendary friendship and ”Peace at Home, Peace in the World” proclamation by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The new Institution will also shed light to the much debated events of 1915.