Press Release: Majid Alsayegh Honored by Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Written by Vincent Fraley, Historical Society of Pennsylvania


Philadelphia, PA  The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is pleased to announce Majid Alsayegh will receive this year’s Heritage Award during HSP’s annual gala on May 1, 2014. 

Mr. Alsayegh has been a Councilor on the HSP Board since 2002, serving as a member of the Building Committee as well as the Treasurer of the Board of Councilors. Mr. Alsayegh was also a board member of the Balch Institute for three years before it merged with HSP in 2002. During his many years of service on the Board, Mr. Alsayegh helped to shape the vision of the building renovation project.  He unceasingly advocated for the importance of safeguarding HSP’s assets by making the necessary improvements to the building.  Most importantly, Mr. Alsayegh played a key role in helping HSP steer its way through the state legislative political system and to achieve our goal of receiving a matching capital grant from the Commonwealth to help fund the project. 

As Treasurer, Mr. Alsayegh played a key role in securing additional financing for the project and in actively monitoring construction costs.  His proven dedication and contribution of countless volunteer hours has had significant impact in helping HSP fulfill its mission of “Inspiring people to create a better future through historical understanding.”

HSP’s annual gala will take place at the Ritz-Carlton beginning at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by dinner, an awards ceremony, and a live auction. The funds raised at this annual event go directly toward supporting HSP’s mission of inspiring individuals and organizations to create a better future through historical understanding. For ticket information, please visit

About Majid Alsayegh

Majid Alsayegh has been a life-long student of history, leading to over 12 years of dedicated service on HSP’s Board of Councilors on which he currently holds the position of Treasurer and Vice Chair for Planning and Finance. With over 30 years of experience and the founder of Alta Management, LLC, Mr. Alsayegh has overseen several major projects for the state of Pennsylvania and has made great contributions to the region with passionate service for a number of non-profit organizations. Mr. Alsayegh is also one of the co-founders and Chairman Emeritus for Intercultural Journeys (IJ). He has been involved with IJ from the beginning. Through his Chairmanship, IJ recently completed a significant strategic and business planning process

About the Heritage Award

The Heritage Award, created in 2005, is presented to those who have made significant contributions to the future of the heritage of the Philadelphia region and in support of the work of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

The face of the medal shows the Society’s historic Addison Hutton building at 1300 Locust Street, the repository for our 21 million documents (such as the first draft of the U.S. Constitution), books, photographs, maps, and other graphic items—essential material for understanding the nation, the commonwealth, and Philadelphia.

About the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies and one of the largest family history libraries in the nation. Following a complete merger with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in 2002, HSP is also a leading repository of immigrant and ethnic history. It is second only to the Library of Congress for material on the nation’s founding and is one of the country’s most comprehensive centers for genealogical study. With approximately 21 million records including manuscripts, graphics, and books that span over 350 years of history, HSP is an invaluable resource for historical research.

HSP serves thousands of on-site visitors each year. It also offers a research-by-mail service and extensive online resources, including a library catalog, finding aids, digital collection, and curricular materials. HSP hosts educator workshops and public programs, and publishes a quarterly scholarly journal.