The history of the Assyrian American Association of Chicago revealed in new book

By Joe Snell | Photos contributed

Chicago  – Assyrian author Vasili Shoumanov has released a new book titled “Assyrian American Association of Chicago: 100 years.”

The 128-page book provides a historical look into the Assyrian American Association of Chicago, a non-profit educational, cultural and charitable organization founded in 1917 with the mission to preserve history and invest in future Assyrians.

“These pages are filled with old and new photographs that bring the organization’s history to life and provide a firsthand look into the past and present,” Shoumanov said.

A new book release was held at the association on Dec. 16, where guests could meet with Shoumanov and discuss the book.

Shoumanov has published a number of books on Assyrian history and language including “Images of America: Assyrians of Chicago” (2001) and a Russian-Assyrian Dictionary.

The book’s publisher, Acadia Publishing, has worked on more than 14,000 books across the country with the goal of celebrating and preserving the heritage of America’s people and places. Some Assyrian books they have published include “Assyrians of Chicago,” “Assyrians of Eastern Massachusetts” and “Assyrians of New Britain.”

As a member of the Assyrian American Association, Shoumanov received his master’s degree in History of Eastern Civilizations from St. Petersburg State University. He also holds masters in coaching wrestling. For six years, he served as editor-in-chief of Homeland magazine in St. Petersburg. Among other projects, he is currently the cultural director of the Assyrian American Association of Chicago.

More books on Assyrian history are coming soon. In February of 2019, the book “Assyrians of Yonkers” by Dr. Ruth Kambar will be released.


Books can be purchased directly through Arcadia Publishing or contact the Assyrian American Association of Chicago directly by phone and get 20% off: (312) 802-2208.

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1 comment

Elias January 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Winderful book. I’ve already added a copy to my library’s Chicago collection. The perks of being a librarian!

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