Robert "Butch" Kazeangin Jr. - Niagara Falls (NY) Armenian Community History


Learn about the history of the Armenian community in Niagara Falls, through the memories and lived experiences of Robert “Butch” Kazeangin Jr. Butch Kazeangin is a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, member of the local Armenian Community, and board member of numerous local organizations.


Butch’s family owned the Manhattan Restaurant in Niagara Falls, and his uncle the late Rev. Vaskian Tatoian (who he grew up with in their multigenerational household), was the first American born Armenian priest. Butch Kazeangin serves on the board of Oakwood Cemetery, where over 600 members of the Armenian community including Armenian Genocide survivors - are buried.

Survive, Remember, Thrive: Armenian Traditions in Western New York is a documentary video series produced by the Folk Arts Program at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University that celebrates local expressions of Armenian culture and heritage. Survive, Remember, Thrive preserves the traditions, memories, and stories of the local Armenian community through a short film and video series highlighting Armenian churches, oral history and family narratives, food traditions, family owned businesses, artistic crafts, music, and more.

For more information about the documentary video series "Survive, Remember, Thrive: Armenian Traditions in Western New York", click here:

Survive, Remember, Thrive: Armenian Traditions in Western New York is made possible through the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, NYSCA Living Traditions, and Niagara University.

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