FRESNO, California – One year ago, the Saroyan House Museum opened its doors in Fresno, honoring the late Fresno born William Saroyan. Since then, hundreds have visited to learn more about the award winning author and playwright. While the first phase of the museum is now done, more plans are in the works.
It’s a modest house in a quiet West/Central Fresno neighborhood. The house where William Saroyan lived the last 20 years of his life till he died in 1981.
A unique tribute to a man who published at least 10 literary works while he lived here, a tribute that inspires others. “In his original will he had wanted this to be turned into a house museum where people from all over the world could visit and also inspire them to continue their creative works,” says Saroyan House Museum board member Barlow Der Mugrdechian.
The museum is full of videos, pictures, examples of Saroyan’s work. Even a rock collection– things that were important to him. “You see his family life. You see some of the movies and interviews. You see him. You see the hologram. You get an idea of what his thinking was,” Der Mugrdechian says.
One museum highlight is the Saroyan hologram. It’s slated for an upgrade in the months ahead, as well as other plans. “We would like to do more with local schools, with Fresno State, with tour groups in fresno and with other museums in Fresno,” Der Mugrdechian says.
More than anything, those associated with the museum are hopeful visitors continue to come.
To take a picture and learn more about a locally born literary great who loved his heritage and loved his community.