Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Saint Demetrios

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Jim Tallahan

With the name Jim Tallahan, (Demetrios Talaganis) and living in Bellingham, Washington, he was more like an “all American boy” than the child of Greek immigrants.

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Panagiotou Family

Born in Athens, Greece, John and Sam Panagiotou came to Seattle, Washington, in 1948 where the family made their home in the Green Lake neighborhood. John’s wife Lisa came to the United States from Greece in 1950. Here are their stories.

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Angelo and Mary Xidias

When Angelos and Maria Xidias came to Seattle, Washington, in the 1980s, their Greek backgrounds augmented their new experiences and opportunities in the United States.

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Asimakopoulos

When Anna Asimakopoulos saw a map showing Seattle, Washington, in the far northwest corner of the United States, she said, “stin ali akri tou cosmo” (at the end of the earth). Her sons, Andrew and Theo, (Thoukididis) are grateful their father gave up a successful job as a firefighter in Athens, Greece, to bring his family to “far off” Seattle.

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The Hamilos Sisters - Mary Damascus and Deena Maroutsos

The Hamilos sisters, Mary and Deena relish their connections with their homeland just as they value their faith and activities in the Greek community of Seattle, Washington.

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Chris Legeros

With a 39-year career in broadcast journalism, Chris Legeros has experienced more than he ever expected in his life. He credits his culture and heritage (four generations of Greek ancestors) with giving him the strength and tenacity to be successful in his work.

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Pallis Family

Chris George Pallis recalls many “Georgisms” from his father that have influenced his life.

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Barbas Family

Tom, Helen and Demetra Barbas’ family moved to Seattle, Washington, in November of 1944 from a protective Greek “bubble” in Detroit, Michigan.

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Derezes and Falangus Families

The Derezes and Falangus families were among the first Greek settlers in the northwest United States. Five generations later their descendants have maintained their Greek culture.

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Basil and Jim Anton

Despite their father’s admonitions, Basil and Jim Anton have spent over 40 years together in the restaurant and catering business.

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