On May 28, 1928, a group of nine intellectuals, among
them writer and educator Levon Shant, historian and critic
Nigol Aghbalian, former foreign minister of the Republic
of Armenia, Dr. Hamo Ohanchanian, and stage director and
art critic Kaspar Ipekian, founded the Hamazkayin Publishing
and Cultural Society in Cairo, Egypt.
Subsequently, Hamazkayin chapters were founded throughout
the Middle-East, Europe, the United States, Canada, South
America, Australia, and most recently in the Republic
of Armenia. The Chicago chapter was organized on September
The objective of Hamazkayin is to provide a sound education
to the new generation, and to strive toward the preservation
of the ethnic identity and cultural heritage of the Armenian
people living outside their homeland
Hamazkayin has been successful in establishing secondary
and higher educational institutions which have
prepared scholars, literary figures, and community leaders.
Our society has also played a major role in the field
of publishing, and for over seventy years, including thirty
years in the United States, has contributed to the advancement
of Armenian culture in general.
Hamazkayin is a non-profit organization, presently functioning
under the official name of Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural
& Educational Society.