An event dedicated to Anton Antonyan, the founder of the first pedagogical museum in Armenia, was held at ASPU on September 26.
Anton Antonyan decided to found the museum when there was a need in Armenia and Armenian colonies to collect, preserve and study national historical and ethnographic values and establish national museums.
The pedagogical museum played a crucial role and its opening was a must; it helped improve the practical skills of students and schoolchildren, and prepare qualified specialists.
Alvard Grigoryan, Director of the ASPU Museum, is glad that people had a chance to ‘discover’ a great Armenian intellectual and be informed about his life.
“Great was the role of pedagogical museums in education; deductive materials were displayed which made the teaching process more comprehensive,” Alvard Grigoryan said. She is hopeful that scientific papers would be written about Anton Antonyan in the future.
The event was attended by Aram Grigoryan, Anton Antonyan’s grandson. He was glad to see his grandfather’s photo at the University where he taught until the end of his life.
Aram Grigoryan presented Anton Antonyan’s biography and activity and underlined that the event was of great significance. People were informed about the founder of the first pedagogical museum whose name apparently faded into oblivion.
The laboratories opened at the pedagogical museum were unique centers for teachers where they got ready for lessons. In a short period of time the pedagogical museum became a meeting venue for pedagogues from Yerevan and neighboring regions where they gathered to discuss pedagogical issues.
The museum had 8612 visitors during the academic year 1921-1922.