The Papken Seuni Committee is the chapter of the Armenian Cultural Foundation operating in the Eastern San Fernando Valley – the area that includes and surrounds the greater North Hollywood area. The Armenian Cultural Foundation, with the Papken Seuni Committee of North Hollywood, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, whose mission is to establish educational and cultural centers for the Armenian people and their culture.
The Papken Seuni Committee maintains and operates the Armenian Center, which is currently located at 11719 Moorpark Street in Studio City, California. The Armenian Center is home to not only the Papken Seuni Committee of the Armenian Cultural Foundation, but also other Armenian and non-profit organizations that regularly meet and work there, including our sister organizations that are listed below.
The Papken Seuni Committee is in the process of raising funds to purchase a property that will serve as the new and more permanent Armenian Center of North Hollywood, to facilitate the burgeoning Armenian American population in the Eastern San Fernando Valley, which is estimated to at 100,000 people.
Many Committees affiliated with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation in the Western United States are named after prominent members of the organization, such as Dro, Garegin Nzhdeh, and others. As such, our committee is named after Papken Seuni, whose real name was Bedros Parian.
Bedros Parian (Պետրոս Փարեան; 1873 – 26 August 1896) better known by his nom de guerre Papken Siuni (Armenian: Բաբկեն Սյունի), was an important figure in the Armenian national movement, an Armenian Revolutionary Federation member and the leader, alongside Karekin Pastermadjian(Armen Garo), of the 1896 Ottoman Bank takeover.
Bedros Parian was born in 1873 in the village of Akn (Armenian: Ակն), the same village Siamanto was from. Early in his life, he moved to Constantinople where he continued his studies. In Constantinople, he became interested in revolutionary ideologies. He joined a Naval institute where he found other sympathetic youth and formed with them “Syunik”, a nationalist group. They eventually merged with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
Armenian Revolutionary Federation
Հայ Յեղափոխական Դաշնակցութիւն
The Papken Seuni Committee is an affiliate of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsuytun, founded in 1890, the major political force with organizations and affiliates in Armenian communities in over thirty countries worldwide.
The ultimate goal of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation is the liberation and unification of the Armenian people in a free, independent, and united Armenia. In the Diaspora, ARF-Dashnaktsutyun pursues the reorganization and revitalization of the dispersed Armenian people as a whole and the formation of new organized communities.