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History

History

 

Established in 1989, The Iranian Association of Boston (IAB) is a non-political, non-religious organization and has no affiliation with any political or religious organization. The Iranian Association of Boston is dedicated to promoting the cultural and social understanding of Iran. IAB is deeply committed to meeting the needs of the growing Iranian and Iranian American community. The organization strives solely on volunteer involvement.

 

September 1, 1988

A group of dedicated Iranians living in Massachusetts meet to discuss the formation of a group to serve the needs of Iranians and to maintain and promote the Iranian culture in the United States.

 

October 23, 1988

The Iranian Association of Boston (IAB) is created with the election of a temporary council. The Articles of Organization are filed on November 20, 1988, establishing the IAB as a 501(C)(3) organization. The IAB is a non-political, non-religious entity governed by an executive group overseen by a council elected by the members.

 

March 1989

The IAB sponsors an “Eid Didani” event at the MIT student center, serving tea and pastry. This celebration, along with others such as Yalda, lectures, films, classes, fundraising events and welfare programs have continued to this day as part of the IAB tradition.

 

January 1995

The IAB Endowment Fund is established through the first formal fundraising event hosted by the IAB.

 

August 1998

The IAB leases an 1,800 sq ft unite located at 697 Washington Street, Newton, Massachusetts. It is named “Khane-ye Iran” or “House of Iran”. Here, between ten to fifteen activities per month are hosted by the IAB, including poetry readings, classes, films, lectures, gatherings and celebrations.

 

November 2000

The generous donation of $100,000 by the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, initiates the IAB fundraising campaign and community involvement for the purchase of the first Khane-ye Iran to accommodate the growing and varied activities of the IAB and the increased needs of the Iranian community.

 

July 23, 2001

Having raised over $300,000, the IAB purchases a 3,000 sq ft unit on the second floor of 319 Washington Street, Brighton, Massachusetts.

 

November 18, 2001

Continued donations, including a $60,000 gift toward renovations and improvements of the property from a generous Iranian, leads to the opening of the Khane-ye Iran.

 

March 2003

IAB paid off its mortgage of $50,000 through the matching fund by The Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.

 

August 2006

IAB purchased a stand-alone property in Watertown, MA with the generous help of Iranian – American community in Boston and The Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.

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