Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Keeping Community

The Greeks in Washington kept their traditions and culture through a variety of sources including social activities, the Orthodox Church, fraternal organizations, sports and music.

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Jim Kost

Family in the Greek culture is very important. Frequently, families will “adopt” people to join them by calling them thea (aunt) or theo (uncle) either for respect, to acknowledge closeness or, to expand a small family. Friends who are godparents to children or sponsors for a married couple are called koumbari and are considered family. Whether at home in Seattle, Washington, or while visiting his ancestral homes in Greece, Jim Kost regularly hears this call from those he encounters.

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Rakus Family

As Tommy Rakus’ family came from Roumeli, tin carthia tis Elathas (the heart of Greece), his passion for all things Greek originates not from the food, the dancing or the language but from his heart.

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Sephardic Jews

In about 1890 two Jewish men, Jack Policar and Solomon Calvo, were traveling in Turkey and were considering migrating to New York City.  On …

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Maria and Christos Govetas

When Maria and Christos Govetas immigrated to the United States in 1978, the opportunities for education and successful careers were far beyond their dreams.

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Dorothy Haskell

In the 1940s, McGill, Nevada, a small town in the eastern part of the state, was home for over 100 Greek families. Dorothy (Theodora) Haskell tells the story of growing up in McGill and eventually settling in Seattle, Washington.

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Zaphara

Zaphara loves this quote from the stage play and musical Auntie Mame knowing that many people have not been able to live a full …

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Dorothea Mootafes

IN MEMORY Dorothea Alice Mootafes, beloved friend and teacher, left us to be with the Lord on October 12, 2016.  She was 88 years …

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Christos Manzieris

Although Christos Manzieris did not follow his chosen profession when he came to Seattle, Washington, he was able to use his knowledge and teaching …

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The Juan de Fuca Chapter of AHEPA presented the fourth annual gathering of Greeks on the Streets which took place at the Greenwood Car …

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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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