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Preservation of American Hellenic History
Vocabulary. Conference and symposium are synonymous in this context.
Preservation of Our History: Past, Present, and Future
Symposium convened in the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Oakland, California.
- This was an inaugural symposium, the 1st in a series by regional initiative,
Preservation of Our History: Past, Present, and Future.
- It was convened in February 1998, in the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral complex, Oakland, California.
- The symposium was conceived, planned and executed by these three co-sponsoring organizations:
the Ascension Historical Committee,
the Hellenic Cultural Association,
and the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute.
- The symposium was attended by participants from
Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Washington, and Utah, as well as from several cities in California. Following the event, news reports
published in the Greek American press drew requests for information about the symposium from Illinois, Pennsylvania,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Missouri, as well as from London, England.
- The proceedings have been published as a section in the Greek Orthodox Theological Review (GOTR), vol. 45, no. 1-4 (2000), pp. 345-425,
available from Holy Cross Bookstore.
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- Acknowledgements, pp. 345-351.
- Preface, James Skedros, pp. 352-353.
- Introduction, Mary Kumarelas Mousalimas, pp. 354-362.
Cultural Context of Preserving Community Archives, Speros Vryonis, Jr., pp. 363-376.
Archival Research of Community History, Paul. G. Manolis, pp. 377-383.
Documentation and Meaning, James Steve Counelis, pp. 384-391.
History of the Hellenic Cultural Association and the Hellenic Cultural Museum of Utah, Constantine J. Skedros, pp. 392-398.
Fundamentals of Conducting an Oral History, Gabrielle Morris, pp. 399-401.
Reflections, Betty Psaltis Duncan, pp. 402-412.
Travels in the Land of Greekness, Helen Papanikolas, pp. 413-425.
The following key issues were defined and addressed during the symposium:
- critical problems confronting our communities;
- the crucial need for the preservation of our communities' histories;
- techniques for systematic research;
- accomplishments of existing archival organizations.
Regarding solutions to the problems that confront us, the symposium participants were in agreement about these necessities:
- to nurture and encourage budding historians who will continue the work we have begun;
- to weave a rich tapestry of past events which will inform and educate future generations;
- to include converts and newly formed communities;
- to bring symposia proceedings to other communities;
- to organize symposia in other communities;
- to facilitate a network of communication that will enable dialogue throughout the country.
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