History and Culture

Georgia, one of the most ancient countries in the world, is situated at the cross-roads of Europe and Asia. It occupies 69,700 sq. km between the Black and Caspian Seas (about the size of Ireland), with a population of 4,661,473 people. Georgia has many historic cities including the capital, Tbilisi, as well as several large and vital ports on the Black Sea. Because of its cosmopolitan flair, many consider Tbilisi to be the Paris of the Caucasus.

The State language, Georgian, is over 2,000 years old. The Georgian alphabet dates back to the third century BC, and is one of a small number of phonemic alphabets still in use today. Georgian is the predominant language of the Kartvelian, or South Caucasian language family, and is linguistically distinct from Indo-European languages. Spoken by more than 4 million people, the Georgian language underpins an extensive literary and religious history. Around A.D. 330 Georgia was proclaimed Christian by King Mirian. From this point, the Georgian language developed and grew out of the biblical literature that emanated from Mount Sinai.

Although Georgia was annexed by Russia in 1801, Georgians never gave up their fight for independence. Georgia regained its sovereignty in 1918 and was an independent democracy until 1921. After 70 years of communist suppression, Georgia once again reclaimed its independence in 1991.

Founders of the Georgian Association

The Georgian Association in the United States of America was founded in 1932 by Georgian patriots, immigrants to the US who escaped Russia’s occupation of Georgia in 1921 and the unsuccessful revolt in 1924. Founders of the Association were dedicated Georgians hoping to reestablish an independent democratic state of Georgia.

In 1960, the Georgian Association became a non-profit charitable US 501(c)(3) corporation. It has assisted in maintaining public awareness of the Georgian Nation and preserving Georgia’s identity and culture. The Association has provided a forum for discussing Georgian issues and has been a unifying entity for Georgian concerns.

Dimitri Alavidse
Siko Eristavi
Vano Kobakhidze
Paul Kvaratshelia
George Matchabeli
Irakli Orbeliani

Past Presidents

  • George Matchabeli

    1932-1935

  • Irakli Orbeliani

    1935-1941

  • Paul Kvaratskelia

    1941-1945

  • Artchil Gourielli

    1945-1947

  • Tamara Kvaratskelia

    1947-1950

  • Leo Dumbadze

    1950-1956

  • Vano Kobakhidze

    1956-1958

  • Othar Zaldastani, S.D.

    1958-1965

  • Dimitry Alavidze

    1965-1966

  • Guivy Zaldastani

    1966-1974

  • Elsa Tsomaia

    1974-1977

  • Sandro Baratheli

    1977-1985

  • Aftandil Papiashvili, MD

    1985-1989

  • Dillary M. Pirts

    1989-1991

  • Lado Goudjabidze

    1991-1992

  • Guivy Zaldastani

    1992-1995

  • Elizabeth Zaldastani Napier

    1995-2001

  • Nino Japaridze

    2001-2006

  • Mamuka Tsereteli

    2006-2016

  • Elisso Kvitashvili

    2016 – present