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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Mike and Dora Christofilis

THEY NEVER LOOKED BACK As the youngest and second youngest of two large families, Mike and Dora Christofilis are committed to their American ways …

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Argyer “Archie” or “Arch” Cosmos Laloudakis

SPOKANE’S THRIFTY CHARACTER Argyer “Archie” or “Arch” Cosmos Laloudakis was known not just for his tightfisted ways, but also for the devilish humor he …

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Heracles Panagiotides

EVEN HIS PARROT SPEAKS GREEK Heracles Panagiotides is a scholar, a researcher and a philosopher. Almost everything about him reflects his Greek heritage and …

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Andrea Topetzes Mann

‘HER FATHER CALLED HER DASCALA From the time she was a young child, Andrea Topetzes Mann loved to “play school.” The benefit of education …

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  Continuing the tradition, the Greeks on the Streets car club participated in the Greenwood Car Show in Seattle, Washington, on June 30, 2018. …

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George and Diane Pirotis

GREEK IMMIGRANT MEETS SOUTHERN BELLE George and Diane Pirotis’ son, Stavros, has enjoyed a mix of cultures and accents, from his father, a Greek …

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They may not be Greek but, wherever live Greek music is played in Washington State, Hank Bradley and Cathie Whitesides will most likely be part of the group.

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Sisters Mary Lou Barton and Joanne Zarkades contribute innumerable hours to their church, not out of obligation but, just like their mother, it is just part of who they are.

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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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