Sponsored by Hamazkayin Cultural Association & Seroonian Community Center “Voyage to Amasia” documents composer Eric Hachikian’s return to his ancestral home – Amasia, Turkey – nearly 100 years after Ottoman soldiers deported his grandmother, Helen Shushan, and her family. Eric’s family’s deportation from Amasia was just one of many Armenian death marches happening across Turkey during the time. Using World War I as a cover, the Ottoman government systematically deported and executed its Armenian citizens, and historians estimate that 1-1.5 million Armenians died – it was the first genocide of the 20th century. After Helen’s death in 2004, Eric wrote […]
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The Philadelphia St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church’s “Seroonian” Armenian Community Center is located behind St. Gregory’s at 8701 Ridge Avenue. It has served as the central community gathering point for the Philadelphia Armenian community since 1981. Seeronian Hall hosts a variety of activities, which include Friday night dinners, organizational meetings, and private events.