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Ascension Historical Society
Oakland, California

Interactive Workshop on Photography, Video, and the Importance of Preserving Family Histories.


A symposium is scheduled for Thursday, 5 March 2009, Salt Lake City, in honor of the Greek-American historian and author Helen Z. Papanikolas, who passed away in 2005. It is co-sponsored by the Utah Humanities Council (as a funding source); the Hellenic Cultural Association; the Tanner Humanities Center and the Department and Languages and Literature, University of Utah. Professor Yiorgos Anagnostou, Ohio State University, is the keynote speaker.

More Info.

Ascension Historical Society
Oakland, California

Illustrated lecture by Jason Mavrovitis introducing his novel Remember Us.


A media-release interview with Jason C. Mavrovitis provides a description of his newest book, a novel of historical fiction, Remember Us.

More Info.


An obituary has been reprinted in this website in memory of Professor Themistocles C. Rodis, co-founder of the Hellenic Preservation Society of Northeastern Ohio, author of Greek Americans of Cleveland since 1870, and co-author of the history book's third edition, titled Greek Americans of Cleveland: Immigration and Assimilation since 1870.

Read the obituary.

Ascension Historical Society
Oakland, California

You are cordially invited to a Champange Reception and History Exhibit portraying 100 years of Hellenic presence in the Bay Area and commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Hellenic Community of Oakland & Vicinity.

Friday, November 30th, 2007
4 - 8 p.m.

Ascension Community Center
4700 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, California

Hosted by the Ascension Historical Society
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension

More Info.

Symposium, Young Greek Americans
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Under the auspices of H. E the Ambassador of Greece, Alexandros P. Mallias, and The Greek Secretariat General of Information, The World Council of Hellenes (SAE)/USA Region, the Hellenic American National Council and the American Hellenic Institute

You are invited to a symposium:

Meeting the Needs of Young Greek Americans: Opportunities and Perspectives in USA and Greece

Date and Location:

November 16-18, 2007
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Weekend Highlights:

Concert by renowned Greek singer, Elly Paspala, at the National Geographic

Film: The Journey: The Greek American Dream at American Film Institute

Purpose, Aims:

The descendants of Greek immigrants who generations ago braved a new world in search of opportunity are today successful and productive Americans, boasting of successes in all areas of human activity, having inherited strong values and an appreciation for education.

And as the world evolves, so do the needs, aspirations and priorities of the new generations of Greek Americans, as they search new ways of nurturing their sense of cultural identity, in a way relevant to them.

We can best pay tribute to those pioneering Greek Americans by promoting the evolution of Greek Americans institutions to meet their needs of the times and remain relevant.

Towards this result, we invite Greek American youth to engage in a dialogue with the leadership of G/A institutions, with other Americans of Greek descent; with our compatriots in Greece; to engage ourselves in a kind of "soul searching".

  • Postal address:

    801 W. Adams St., Suite 235
    Chicago, Illinois 60607

  • Tel:

    (312) 627-1821

  • Fax:

    (312) 627-1943

  • Website, SAE/USA:


Registation form:
Hellenic Heritage Institute
San Jose, California

We are happy to announce the schedule of our new Hellenic Educational Year. We will offer again, Hellenic Culture Classes in Language, Cooking and Dance.

This year all the classes are upgraded and a number of visiting instructors, experts in their field, will be part of our program.

Chefs extraordinaire will be sharing with us their Culinary secrets on Traditional Greek Cooking and Gurus of Greek Folk Dancing will visit our class on several occasions.

All interested, please visit our website at www.hhisj.org or call us at 408 247-4685.

Best regards,

Marina Moustakas
Founding President, HHI


Look at this — from Alaska — Tastes Like Home: Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska.

(Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the building fund of the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Anchorage, Alaska.)


We've just learned that the film Greeks and Americans was screened in July 2006 by the Berrien County Historical Association, Berrien Springs, Michigan, with the Annunciation and St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church, New Buffalo, Michigan. They could probably give some advice about obtaining a copy. The association's contact data can be found in the Berrien County Historical Association press release (3 July 2006). Some summary information about the association's project "The Greeks of Berrien County, Michigan" — with addresses, too — has been published here in the PAHH web-site. The church's contact data can be found in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese web-site.

Best wishes.

George Tselos
New York City

I'm responding to the inquiry by Nick Chirikos from Illinois, posted on August 27th. The program he saw was a 52 minute historical film Greeks and Americans directed by Tassos Rigopoulos for NET which came out in 2001. I was one of the people Tassos interviewed along with John Kallas and others. Most of the interviews were actually done in English (my Greek is not good enough to handle an interview!) A version with English subtitles for the Greek narration does exist. We have a VHS tape copy of this version in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum Library. However, we're not a lending library. I believe the copyright is owned by NET and I would have to check with Tassos Rigopoulos and NET regarding the legitimacy of making a copy available.

This year a new longer historical film was premiered in both Athens (January) and New York City (May) done by Maria Iliou entitled The Journey: The Greek-American Dream. So far copies of this film are not yet available in DVD, but may be in the future.

In closing I want to say how enormously valuable I think the PAHH website is for promoting the field of Greek - American history and encouraging the communication and knowledge necessary to preserve this heritage.


George Tselos
Supervisory Archivist
Head of Reference Services
Statue of Liberty National Monument
and Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Note from PAHH:

We've just learned that the film Greeks and Americans was screened in July 2006 by the Berrien County Historical Association, Berrien Springs, Michigan, with the Annunciation and St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church, New Buffalo, Michigan. They could probably give some advice about obtaining a copy. The association's contact data can be found in the Berrien County Historical Association press release (3 July 2006). Some summary information about the association's project "The Greeks of Berrien County, Michigan" — with addresses, too — has been published here in the PAHH web-site. The church's contact data can be found in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese web-site.

Nick Chirikos
Algonquin, Illinois

Recently while in Greece, I happened upon a television program on a station called ET1 (I think). It was entitled something like "The Greek Americans", and featured interviews with John L. Kallas, a scientist and playwright. It was about the migration of Greeks to America in the early 20th century. I would like to obtain a copy of this program, or at least watch it again, although it was mostly in Greek, which I don't understand. Does anyone know of this program or how I might get it?

Thank you,
Nick Chirikos

Note from PAHH:

ET-1 and NET are channels of the Greek state-owned public radio and television broadcasting corporation known as Ελληνική Ραδιοφωνία Τηλεόραση (Hellenic Radio [&] Television). You will find an English page in their official website at www.ert.gr at ert.gr/en/. There, you could navigate through their top menu system as follows — top menu: "ERT-SA" — and then, sub-menu: "Contact" — to send your question directly to them from their contact page.

Here is a direct link to their contact page. Here also is some advice to help you to fill in their contact form, which you can do in English:

Best wishes.


Greek immigration to America from 1890 to 1980.

Directed and produced by Maria Iliou for the Proteus Project (Athens and New York City, 2007).

Premiered at the Benaki Museum and the Hellenic American Union, Athens, January-February 2007.

Described at TheJourneyGreekAmericanDream.org

Available on DVD at TheJourneyGreekAmericanDream.org/dvd.htm

Jim Lucas
San Francisco, California

Dear friends:

I want to take this time to let you know about an upcoming San Francisco Metropolis event.

On Saturday, May 5, 2007, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of San Francisco will host this year's symposium for the historical societies within the Metropolis. This is an ideal event for anyone who has an interest in Greek American history.

Representatives from some of the oldest parishes in our Metropolis will be giving presentations; specifically Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco. The story of each community is fascinating. Greek American authors such as Dr. James Dimitriou, Mr. Constantine Skedros, and Mrs. Theodora Argue will be speaking regarding the history of their respective communities.

There will be presentations from the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI) and the Salt Lake City Greek History Museum. Both institutions are dedicated to the preservation of our culture, history, and faith. These organizations have so much to offer researchers and historians.

There will be a wonderful presentation on the history of the Daughters of Penelope, a worldwide philanthropic organization founded in San Francisco. Finally, there will be presentations from parishes regarding their historical preservation efforts.

Your registration of $40 includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Come and enjoy this very special day with us! Registration information can be found here online.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Holy Trinity!


Jim Lucas
Chair, Holy Trinity Historical Society

Helen Stratikos
Portland, Oregon

We are pleased to announce that the Greek Community of Oregon and Southwest Washington will be celebrating the Centennial of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Portland, Oregon, on May 4 thru May 6, 2007.

In the planning stages for nearly two years, the three day event will consist of numerous activities commencing May 4th with a "Glendi" and a special ribbon cutting ceremond for the new Hellenic American Cultural Center (HACC) located in the Fr. Elias Stephanopoulos Community Center. We are honored to be receiving its first blessing by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos.

Saturday's agenda will consist of a youth rally at Camp Angelos to be followed with the evening festivities at the Hilton Hotel. The Grand Banquet program will feature a video commemorating the innumerable events and the participants who made our history over the past 100 years. Concluding the three day event will be a Sunday morning brunch at Holy Trinity following the Divine Liturgy.

Support and enthusiasm in the community continues to grow as evidenced by the countless number of volunteers who have come together to make this major event a reality.

Somerville Museum
Somerville, Massachusetts

From September 10, 2006 through March 25, 2007, the Somerville Museum, Somerville, Massachusetts, is presenting a two-part exhibition:

  • New Land: Immigration in Somerville & the Greater Boston Area — The Greek Community
  • Hope, Valor, and Inspiration: 1896-1918: The World of George Dilboy — Greek Immigrant and American Hero

A full description is avaliable from the Hellenic Communication Service.

Ascension Historical Society
Oakland, California

The Ascension Historical Society 13th Annual Greek Independence Day 10K/15K Run and 5K Walk will take place Saturday, March 24, 2007, on the shores of beautiful Lake Merritt.

For further information and registration forms:

Philip Georgious
El Segundo, California

Please take a moment to view The Floga Project:

  • a new, short video
  • featuring Olympia Dukakis and Melina Kanakaredes
  • produced by the Greek Heritage Society of Southern California
  • describing the society's project to document the story of early Greek immigrants and to highlight the continuing generations
  • available on YouTube as linked here.

Horton, George, The Blight of Asia (New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1926; PAHH, 2007).

Holy Trinity Historical Society
San Francisco, California

Sunday, January 21st
Organized by the Holy Trinity Historical Society

Help Us Preserve Our History! All proceeds will go towards the restoring and archiving of historical photographs and other historical memorabilia.

Cost: ages over 12: $15; ages 5-12: $5; under 5: free; and for a family of 4: $35.

If you cannot attend and would like to make a donation, please make out your check to "Holy Trinity Historical Society" and send your check to:

Holy Trinity Historical Society
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
999 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, CA 94132


I received a message from SFANNOUNCEMENTS@LISTSERV.GOARCH.ORG (copy here below) about the revival of the "Grìko" dialect of the Greek language in southern Italy. Very interesting, it prompted me to run a quick search, and I was surprised to find so much information online. A revival indeed. Other people in the diaspora might find this interesting, too — so, I shall reproduce the original message here — and give some more links from the quick search as well.

It may be even more interesting to learn about the Greek language that is still spoken in Sicily as well.

Copy of the Original Message about the Greek Language in Southern Italy.


Grìko is a Greek dialect spoken by people in the Magna Graecia region in southern Italy and Sicily.

In 1999, when the Grìko speaking communities of Puglia and Calabria began to organize themselves, the Griko language began to be revitalized within about a dozen communities so that children should retain the language. Now, there are not only schools that teach Grìko, but also cultural associations.

Recently, a survey was conducted in one of the towns (Corigliano d' Otranto) where Grìko is widely spoken, according to which over 300 students in that town alone were learning the language.

Grecìa Salentina (www.greciasalentina.org) is a Grìko-speaking area in the peninsula of Salento in southern Italy, near the town of Lecce. It consists of nine small towns: Calimera, Martano, Castrignano dei Greci, Corigliano d' Otranto, Melpignano, Soleto, Sternatia, Zollino and Martignano.

Some More Links about the Greek Language in Southern Italy.

Nicholas D. Kokonis

I am on a tour presenting my novel Arcadia, My Arcadia and the values that made the immigration marvel possible. I have, for instance, spoken before a most attentive, large 375 gathering of the Arcadian Society of London, Ontario. It was a moving, memorable experience for me.

Arcadia, My Arcadia, currently under movie option contract, is not for Arcadians only. It is "the synaxari of all immigrants" regardless of place of origin, as Mary Papoutsy, Hellenic Communication Service, has said. It is the epic chronicle of every man and woman who, unable to earn a living in their homeland, chased their dream abroad — and caught it.

A tribute to these men and women, as well as to dedicated educators, Arcadia, My Arcadia is being recognized as a remarkable tale because it stresses the value of the past, the power of family, the limitless influence of education and the potential of the individual. These are the values for which we immigrants have been receiving recognition here as well as abroad, whether we live in Canada, USA or Australia, New Zealand or Africa.

Please let me know if you are interested in having me present for your membership.

Also, please link to my website, read Arcadia, My Arcadia, and recommend it to a friend. S/he will be glad you did. Readers relate to it at once, and several have called it a "masterpiece."

For more information about Arcadia, My Arcadia, please to go: www.myarcadiabook.com

Ascension Historical Committee
Oakland, California

The Ascension Historical Committee will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at its annual dinner dance with:

— a continuous panorama of archival photographs from our collections;
— a presentation about the early settlement of Greeks in Brick Bottom, Massachusetts;
— an evening of fellowship.

December 6, 2006, at the Ascension Community Center.


A new web portal which will provide students, teachers and researchers with scientific material about the Greek language is now available at:


The portal is supported by the Center for the Greek Language that acts as a co-ordinating and advisory body of the Greek Ministry of Education on issues of language education, and supports the teaching of Greek to non-Greek speakers in Greece and abroad. The Center also organizes annual exams for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
San Francisco, California

The 85th Anniversary of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral's Founding, San Franscisco, California, will be observed with a gala celebration in the Rotunda of San Francisco's City Hall and in the presence of Archbishop Demetrios of America, who is the special guest of honor, Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, and Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is the official host for the evening.

Sunday, November 12, 2006
Reception in the South Light Court of City Hall at 6:00 pm
Dinner to follow in the Rotunda.

The announcement with some historical insights is available by reprint here on-line.

Further info for this event: Please call the Cathedral at (415) 864-8000.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
San Francisco, California

The Parish of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church invites you to celebrate at our Making History Ball

Sunday, November 5, 2006
No Host Cocktails at 5:00 pm
Dinner at 6:00 pm

Westin Hotel
1 Old Bayshore Highway
Millbrae, California 94030

Tickets: $125 each

Reservation deadline: October 29, 2006

Info for this event: Please call the church office at 415-584-4747


Fifth Annual Conference on The Future of Hellenism in America, is presented by the American Hellenic Institute Foundation, October 28, 2006, San Francisco, California.


The lists of books for history research have been further developed — and the list of scholarly archives has been reorganized and improved.


The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) has been included in the PAHH list of groups, because the AHIF's annual conferences express some vital insights into Greek American history.


The Hellenic Preservation Society of Northeastern Ohio has been included in the PAHH list of regional groups. The society has published a book, Greek Americans of Cleveland Since 1870.

London Greek Radio

The northern Dodecanese island of Patmos, in the eastern Aegean, was officially designated a UNESCO World Heritage Monument during a special ceremony on Sunday. Events marking the historic moment for Patmos, where St. John the Evangelist authored the New Testament's Book of Revelations, took place at Xanthou square in the island's main community of Chora. The first Centre of Orthodox Culture and Information in Greece was also officially inaugurated on Sunday to mark the island's designation as a World Heritage Monument by UNESCO. The centre will be equipped with special audiovisual displays in five languages, a touch screen info-kiosk providing information on Patmos and links to Internet sites with content related to Orthodox culture worldwide.

http://www.lgr.co.uk/news/greece/2292/patmos-designated-unesco-monument/ (ANA).

[Note from PAHH: Also see resources in the UNESCO World Heritage List at http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/942.]

Pueblo, Colorado, New Publication

The main speech during the Centennial Celebration of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Pueblo, Colorado, delivered by Vasiliki Limberis, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Ancient Christianity, Temple University), has been published here online by PAHH. It describes some of the psychological, sociological, and theological roles of the Greek Orthodox Church in southern Colorado from the author's personal experience.

London, England

The 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies is taking place in London, 21-26 August 2006: www.byzantinecongress.org.uk

Ascension Historical Committee
Oakland, California

The Ascension Historical Committee of Oakland, Oakland, California, and the Holy Trinity Historical Society of San Francisco, California, present a Symposium for the Historical Societies of the Metropolis of San Francisco.

While covering vital topics for the sake of our groups that have already been organized, we hope more widely that our own zeal will generate interest in the work we do and will result in the establishment of new preservation groups.

We also hope that annual meetings (or symposia) will rotate through parishes of the Metropolis of San Francisco and open lines of communication and cooperation among us.

Zachary Gassoumis
Oakland, California

The 12th Annual Greek Independence Day Run was a wonderful success this year! Despite a small downpour the night before, we still had a good turnout, and fun was had by all! At the finish line, everyone enjoyed our Greek food and music as medals were handed out to the top finishers.

We've posted the times for all three events on our website: http://run.pahh.com

The photos will follow sometime this week, so keep checking the site!

Ascension Historical Committee
Oakland, California

Saturday, March 25th

5k/10k Run OR 5k Walk

Come join us for a fun, healthy day. The race will be run over a flat course around Oakland's Lake Merritt. Registration begins at 7:30 AM on the day, with the race starting at 8:30 am.

Registration fee is tax exempt.

Refreshments and Greek food will be served after the event, followed by a raffle.

For more information, go to:

Jim Lucas
San Francisco, California

A History of the Greek Orthodox Church Community of Greater Salt Lake City, Utah 1905-2005
By Constantine J. Skedros, Historian

$29.95 plus $10.00 shipping and handling
Mail check/money order to:
Faith and Fervor
P. O. Box 26793
Salt Lake City, Utah 84126

Books also available at the Church Office:
279 South 300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Modern Greek Studies Association
Chicago, Illinois

The Modern Greek Studies Association 19th International Symposium will be held in Chicago, November 3-5, 2005. The MGSA is iniviting proposals for individual papers and for panels in various aspects of contemporary Hellenic culture ~ including diaspora culture.

Greek Heritage Society of Southern California
Los Angeles

The 20th Anniversary of the Greek Heritage Society of Southern California will be celebrated with a benefit concert at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Los Angeles on October 23, 2005.

Hellenic Orthodox Community Association
Pueblo, Colorado

The centennial of the formation of the Hellenic Orthodox Community Association of Pueblo will be celebrated on October 8-9, 2005.


A link to the history section of the Atlanta Cathedral website:


has been added to the PAHH web-page for Atlanta's history committee.


Greek Heritage in the Heartland, an exhibit by the Johnson County Museum of History, Shawnee, Kansas, presents the culture and history of the Kansas Greek community from the 1900s to the presentday. The exhibit will run from August 20 to November 6, 2005.

Greek dancing, pastries, crafts, in conjunction with the Greek Heritage in the Heartland exhibit, Johnson County Museum of History, on October 22, 2005.

Jim Lucas
San Francisco, California

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the oldest Greek Orthodox Church west of Chicago and the eighth oldest in the United States, formed a historical committee. The committee held their first meeting Sunday, July 9th. The committee is comprised of prominent members of the Holy Trinity community. Additionally, Ascension Cathedral's Historical Committee (in Oakland) has offered their assistance in this important undertaking.

Holy Trinity has a very extensive archive spanning over one hundred years documenting the history of the parish and Greeks in San Francisco. For more information on the committee, please contact Jim Lucas at jim@loukas.com. For more information on Holy Trinity, please visit www.holytrinitysf.org.


The University of Texas at San Antonio, Institute of Texan Cultures, has published material about Greek-American history in Texas. See the PAHH description about the Institute of Texan Cultures.


Reports on-line. These reports are about the unveiling of a monument in Athens, Greece, 26 May 2005, to commemorate the Greek American soliders who volunteered into the USA Office of Strategic Services for hazard duty to help to liberate Greece during the Nazi occupation of World War Two.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
San Francisco, California

The commemorative album celebrates the opening of the first Greek Orthodox church west of the Mississippi. It celebrates 100 years of Greek Orthodoxy on the west coast. Much time, creativity and effort were expended to prepare a commemorative album worthy of Holy Trinity's 100th Anniversary. The long awaited album is "hot off the press" Copies can be obtained from the church office:

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
999 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 584-4747


This new book by Spyro Vryonis, Jr.The Mechanism of Catastrophe — is a carefully researched account of the events in 1955.

Greek Heritage Society
Los Angeles, California

The award winning documentary film The Greeks of Southern California ~ Through the Century: The Pioneers, 1900-1942, is available now in video cassettes directly from the producers, the Greek Heritage Society of Southern California. The film has received the Best Documentary award from 5th Panorama of Independent Film Makers, held in Thessaloniki, Greece. The film has also received the Award of Excellence from the Film Advisory Board, Inc.

Jim Lucas
San Francisco, California

A San Francisco Chronicle article online (April 22, 2005), "PARK MERCED. Installing saints high above — Mosaic artist returns to Greek Orthodox icons", describes some newly installed icons in the Holy Trinity Church in San Francisco, "the oldest Greek Orthodox church west of Chicago". The newspaper edition will contain photographs of the icons.

Kali Anastasi

Ascension Historical Committee
Oakland, California

A photo gallery from the Eleventh Annual Greek Independence Day Run (2005) is available on-line. The results list is also available there.

Ascension Historical Committee
Oakland, California

The 11th Annual Greek Independence Day Run / Walk is presented by the Ascension Cathedral Historical Committee, Oakland, California.


A slide presentation, Greek Immigration to America by Nikitas J. Zervanos, M.D., should be useful for all ages. A chronology, it contains (among much, interesting material) an insight from 1592, and insights from 1763-1777, plus some significant insights from the 1821-1840, as well as statistics from 1880-2000. The slide presentation was delivered originally as a lecture to the Lancaster County Historical Society.


Greek Immigration to Lancaster County is the topic of a lecture on Tuesday, March 8, 2005, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Philoptochos Hall, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 64 Hershey Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603. (Phone: 717 394-1735) It is free to the public. The lecturer is Nikitas J. Zervanos, M.D.


Discounted tickets are offered to PAHH readers for a concert by the Bay Area Classical Harmonies and the Presidio Ensemble, on Sunday 27 February 2005 in Berkeley, California. The concert will include music from Greece, Ukraine, and Russia.


The list of books for Greek-American studies has been lengthened in the PAHH web-site.  History Studies, Publications, Books, Lists.

Holy Trinity Cathedral
San Francisco, California

A dinner-dance, December 30, 2004, Palace Hotel, San Francisco, honors the 100th anniversary of the foundation of first Greek Orthodox Church west of the Mississippi. Inquires by phone: (415) 584-4747.


A lecture about Greek Immigration to America will be delivered to the Lancaster County Historical Society, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, by Nikitas J. Zervanos, M.D.


Short Stories about Modern-Day Greek Settlers in Foreigh Lands is a new book by Mr. Charis Mettis. This is a collection of twenty-one short stories based on the ups and downs of modern-day Greeks trying to settle in foreign lands. The author is an historian in the offices of His Eminence Archbishop Grigorios of Thyateira and Great Britain.


The Cultural Chapter of the Chian Federation has published The Greek Exile, by Christophorus Plato Castanis, The book was originally written in English in 1851. It has been published now in the original English language and with a Greek translation.


The Genocide of the Hellenes of Asia Minor, Pontos, and Cyprus is the topic of a lecture by Stavros Stavridis, presented by the Hellenic Heritage Institute, San Jose, California.


We are saddened by the loss of the historian and author. The funeral was at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, November 5, 2004. With respect, we include an obituary and bibliography in memory of Helen Zeese Papanikolas.

Ascension Historical Committee
Oakland, California

We are looking forward to the lecture by William Wong to the Ascension Historical Committee and guests on Wednesday, November 2, 2004, 10:30 a.m., at the Ascension Cathedral complex in Oakland, CA.

Patras -Greece

Με μεγάλη χαρά σας ενημερώνουμε ότι ο Ραδιοφωνικός Σταθμός της Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Πατρών εκπέμπει ζωντανά πλέον και απο το διαδίκτυο. Η "Αποστολική Εκκλησία των Πατρών 88,4 fm stereo" καλύπτει με μεγάλη απήχηση την ευρύτερη περιοχή της Νοτιοδυτικής Ελλάδος και ενισχύει την πνευματική ζωή των πιστών 6 περίπου νομών. Το 2004 είναι ο 15ος χρόνος συνεχούς λειτουργίας του Σταθμού. Έχει αυτόνομο 24ωρο πρόγραμμα ποιότητος ενώ με ζήλο ασχολούνται πλέον των 100 συνεργατών και τεχνικών μαζί με τον Τηλεοπτικό Σταθμό " ΛΥΧΝΟΣ". Ακούστε μας και πείτε μας την γνώμη σας. Παρακαλούμε αν είναι εφικτό να προσθέσετε στα link σας την ιστοσελίδα της Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Πατρών, μέσα απο την οποία μεταδίδεται ο σταθμός μας.

Ευχαριστούμε πολύ.
Ραδιοφωνικός Σταθμό της Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Πατρών

Me megali xara sas enimeronoume oti o radiofwnikos sta8mos tis Ieras Mhtropolews Patrwn Ekpempei zwntana apo to internet! H " Apostolili Ekklisia twn Patrwn 88,4 fm stereo " kalyptei thn eyryterh perioxh thw Notiodytikis Ellados kai enisxyei thn pneumatikh zoi ton or8odokson xristianon 6 peripou nomon. To 2004 einai o 15os xronos leitoyrgias tou sta8moy.Exei autonomo 24wro programma poiotitos eno me zilo asxolountai pleon ton 100 synergatwn kai texnikwn mazi me ton tileoptiko sta8mo LYXNOS. Akoyste mas kai peite mas.Parakaloume ena einai efikto na pros8esete sta link sthn istoselida sas kai tin istoselida tis Ieras Mhtropolews Patrwn mesw ths opoias metadidetai o sta8mos mas!

Euxaristoyme poly

[Note from PAHH: This message informs us about broadcasts by the Orthodox Metropolis of Patras in Greece. They can be accessed through a web-site maintained by the Sacred Metropolis; the link to web-site homepage is given in the original message, just above. Here, now, is a direct link to the web-page for the 24 hour broadcasts by the Orthodox Metropolis of Patras.]

Ελάβαμε το μήνυμα σας με τιμή. Σας ευχαριστούμε για τις ενδιαφέρουσες και χρήσιμες πληροφορίες περί του Ραδιοφωνικού Σταθμού της Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Πατρών.

Προσθέτωμε τη διεύθυνσί της ιστοσελίδας της Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως ανάμεσά τα "Courtesy Links" κατά το θέλημά σας.

[We have received your message with appreciation. We thank you for the interesting, helpful information about the radio broadcasts from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Patras. We are putting the address to your homepage among our Courtesy Links, as you've requested.]

David Derks
Burbank, California

The Greek Orthodox Mission of South Orange County will be screening The Greeks of Southern California Through The Century: The Pioneers 1900-1942, on October 3, 2004. This will be the first screening of the documentary in Orange County and everyone is invited to attend.

For more information on this event, visit the Greek Orthodox Mission of South Orange County (GOMSOC) on the Web at www.gomsoc.org.


Professor Douglas Lyttle (Emeritus, Rochester University) has selected 655 from more than 50,000 of his images ~ along with text from diaries, letters and memories ~ to publish as a book, Miracle on the Monastery Mountain.


Long-Forgotten Greek Alaskan, an article by Steve Frangos, describes the personality and some activities of Eustrate Ivanovich Delarof, the first documented Greek explorer and merchant, to arrive in Alaska. The article was originally published in the May 5, 2004, issue of The National Herald Online. It has been reprinted by PAHH with permission from The National Herald.


The Olympic Legacy is a tribute to the Olympic Games 2004. The events are organized by the Hellenic Heritage Institute in San Jose, California.


Greek/American Operational Group Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Memoirs of World War 2 by Andrew S. Mousalimas is a first-hand account of an important part of Greek-American history. The book has been published on-line by PAHH.

Ascension Historical Committee
Oakland, California

The 10th Annual Greek Independence Day Run / Walk is organized by the Ascension Cathedral Historical Committee, Oakland, California, and co-sponsored by the Order of AHEPA Chapter #111.


The Byzantine Festival is being held in London through March. Descriptions of the events are available at the festival web-site, www.ByzantineFestival.com. This is the second such festival in London. The first, in 1998, was a remarkable success, involving the same fine quality of concerts, and lectures and other high cultural events.


Grassroots Efforts to Preserve Hellenism, an article by Steve Frangos, describes regional movements for the preservation of Greek American history. The article was originally published in the January 21, 2004, issue of The National Herald Online. It is reprinted by PAHH with permission from The National Herald.


I am writing to you in order to inform you for a matter of great importance. As you probably know the famous director Oliver Stone has already started filming his new film based on the life of 5 Although every Greek (all over the world) might think that the film would be a great advertisement for Greek culture and civilization, there might be problems arising out of the blue.

In the last few months I became aware (surfing on the internet of course) of an increasing "underground" propaganda from the state of F.Y.R.O.M. (Former Yugoslav Republic of "Macedonia"). The so called "Macedonians" are prompted to send as many mails as they can to the director and to the producers, stating that the director should take care not to depict their "ancestor" as Greek (!!!). According to their propaganda, Alexander and his Macedonians were not Greeks but a completely different tribe!!!

In a Greek ear, the previous statement might sound as a joke, but we can never know how the producers and the director will react. Don't forget that the only thing that matters in Hollywood industries is money! They don't care for the truth of the historical facts. Don't be surprised if you watch a film with Alexander and his Macedonians speaking a strange language sounding Slavic! Or even worse, we might see Alexander called as Alexandrof and Phillip called as Fillipofski.

Shouldn't we respond before it's too late? Are we going to leave the Slav Macedonian propaganda to make its way?

I suggest we react immediately and in large numbers. After all we are 17.000.000 Greeks throughout the world. We must all send e-mails (especially the Greek Americans) to the director and the producers stating the historical truth firmly and with no nationalistic "burst" or "ugly" language.

I suggest that we all should send the same text to the e-mail addresses of the producer and director. (Someone should find those e-mails addresses and also write the proper statement). I am hoping that you will help especially with the above.

I also hope that we will all respond immediately!

With honor,
Peter. P.


The history of the Greeks of Great Britain is the subject of a number of books by Mr. Charis Mettis. One book, The Roots of Hellenism in Great Britain, traces the history to 325 BC. Two more books concentrate on the activities of Orthodox prelates who were instrumental in the founding of Greek Orthodox communities in London at the turn of the 17th - 18th centuries, the beginning of the modern era.


The Hellenic Heritage Institute schedule, autumn 2003, is available for Greek Culture Courses in San Jose, California.

Ascension Historical Committe
Oakland, California

The 9th Annual Greek Independence Day Run is organized by the Ascension Historical Committee, Oakland, California.


A model of the sculpture for the Hellenic American Veterans Memorial has been unveiled. It depicts a Greek American Operational Group OSS member.


The Hellenic Heritage Institute schedule, Winter-Spring 2003, has been published for Greek language classes in San Jose, California.


The Hellenic Public Radio — COSMOS FM — has broadcast some live interviews with Greek-American history group founders. An audio copy of the broadcast is available.


A special issue of the Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora dedicated to Helen Papanikolas includes articles by several scholars on the work of historiography by and the influence of this Greek-American author and historian.

Ascension Historical Committee
Oakland, California

The Ascension Historical Committee is holding their 2nd Veterans Commemoration Day in the Ascension Cathedral complex, Oakland, California, November, 24 2002.


The Hellenic Heritage Institute schedule for Autumn 2002 inaugurates a series of Greek cultural and educational events in San Jose, California.


A summary of the 36th Biennial Clergy Laity Congress Workshops about Procedures for the Preservation of Parish Histories is available on-line, published by PAHH.


Come to the workshops about Procedures for the Preservation of Parish History, to be held during the 36th Biennial Clergy Laity Congress. The workshops are scheduled for July 1 - July 2 as part of the Congress. Help preserve history in your community.


Be our guest at the cultural preservation seminars during the 36th Biennial Clergy Laity Congress, June 30 - July 4, 2002. Help preserve history in your community.

Hellenic Cultural Association
Salt Lake City, Utah

Annual Memorial Day Services in Salt Lake City, Utah, are co-sponsored by the Hellenic Cultural Association, May 26, 2002.


The Grand Opening of the Hellenic Heritage Museum has been organized officially by the Hellenic Heritage Institute in San Jose, California.

Janice Parakilas
Humboldt County, California

Grandparents on both sides came over from Lesbos and Karditsa in the early 1900's and settled in Lowell, MA, and Enfield, CN.

A helpful book: Greek Immigrant Chronicles, The Alpha and Omega, by Nicholas V. Karas, 1989, 148pp, Meteora Press, Box 1703, Lowell, MA.

Ascension Historical Committee
Oakland, California

The 8th Annual Greek Independence Day Run is organized by the Ascension Historical Committee, Oakland, California.


A documentary, The Greeks of Southern California ~Through the Century: The Pioneers, 1900-1942, has been produced by the Greek Heritage Society of Southern California. Hosted by Olympia Dukakis, and shown at a private viewing at 20th Century Fox studies, this documentary has received the "Award of Excellence" from the Film Advisory Board, Inc.. It has also won the award for the "Best Documentary" at the 5th International Panorama of Independent Film Makers.


Out of the Balkans by Jason Mavrovitis is an account of immigration and adaptation in America. Written with depth from the histories of Macedonia and the Black Sea coast, the book has been published on-line by PAHH.


The San Francisco Diocese Clergy Laity Conference, February 2002, has passed a San Francisco Diocese Resolution for the Preservation of Community Histories. The Diocese is forwarding it as a proposal to the Archdiocese for the 36th Biennial Clergy Laity Congress.

Insights into Historical Archives

Prof. S. Victor Papacosma
Kent, Ohio

For your records, I'd like to bring attention to the archives of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Community of Akron, Ohio, which are housed in the Special Collections of the Kent State University Library. The web site is: http://speccoll.library.kent.edu/reghist/gkchurch.html

John Yiannias (Prof. Emeritus of Art History)
University of Virginia

I'm 67 and the son of Greek immigrants; my parents came to this country at the beginning of the last century. I have in my possession a large number of booklets, periodicals, pamphlets, brochures, newsletters, books, commemorative albums, and other publications produced by Greek-American organizations and parishes since before World War I.

The inevitable question has now arisen: to what institution should I bequeath these potentially useful items? The existence of your organization is a welcome sign that some people know how important it is for us Greek-Americans to preserve our historical records. But does anyone know of any national institution that has undertaken to serve as a collection point for such records? The last thing I want to do is to send material to someone who will underestimate its scholarly value or treat it with indifference.

I know that the University of Minnesota has an immigration history center that welcomes such items, and I believe that two or three other universities (DePaul? University of Michigan?) do as well, but frankly I would prefer to see these sources, and others like them, concentrated in the hands of an Orthodox institution, and furthermore one that is national, not regional, in character. The Archbishop Iakovos Library at Holy Cross would seem a natural candidate, but I have no idea whether the idea has ever been broached to them.

I welcome any thoughts on this subject and would even be willing, if given moral support, to see if some institution or other can be persuaded to house such materials, if none is presently doing so. Perhaps the Archdiocese could be persuaded to join the effort and contribute ideas or even some funds to solving the problem.

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