​​​About Us

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​​​​​​​​​The Salmast Heritage Association was officially launched on July 28, 2015 with the mission to introduce Salmast's culture and history to the world.   


The Association works collaboratively with UCLA Narekatsi Armenian Studies.


The Executive Committee: 

Salmast Heritage Association was formed in honor of Dr. Onnik Hayrapetian, a Salmastsi descendant,  whose dream was to introduce the culture of Salmast to the world through university curriculum, arts, books, and any other way possible.  He dedicated most of his time writing books and articles on Salmast.  


After his untimely death on June 17th, 2015, a group of his loyal friends, colleagues, as well as family members including his brother, Mr. Edward Hayrapetian, and son Mr. Sevak Hayrapetian, formed a committee  to accomplish the task in the memory of the late professor. 


Professor Peter Cowe, University of California, LA, UCLA Narekatsi Chair. 
Mr. Sarkis Barkhoudarian: Chairperson
Mr. Edik Hayrapetian: Co-Chairperson
Mr. Haroot Boghosian: Treasurer
Mr. Sevak Hayrapetian: Executive Secretary
Ms. Roubina Dermardirosian: Correspondence Secretary
Mr. Kaaren Khudikian: Advisor - Salmast Architectural Studies

Dr. Zaven Khachatourian: Advisor - Archives 

Mrs. Laura Minaskanian - Atoian -  Co-ordinator and advisor - Cultural Events

Mr. Khorin Salmassian - Advisor - Historical facts;

Ms. Nune Avetisyan; Mr. Mkrtich Babayan; Mr. Vartges Zakarian - PR


SalmastHeritage Association  is registered as a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization. ​


 We thank attorney Leon Nazaretian for making this happen.

Nazaratian & Besnilian

Leon Nazaratian
200 West Glenoaks Blvd. Ste. 200
818-552-2332
leon@nazbeslaw.com