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.

,

The Babunes Sisters (Vasiliki “Billie” Larimer and Ekaterini “Katie” O’Neil)

That’s how Vasiliki “Billie” Larimer (nee Babunes) referred to her mother’s group of friends who would gather at their homes for their regular sessions of sewing, cooking and sharing stories.

Read More, View Photos and Video
,

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.

Read More, View Photos and Video
,

Yannis (John) Xydis

Yannis (John) Xydis still has the first guitar he purchased in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1967. He continues to play and sing with the same emotion that inspired him while growing up in Greece.

Read More, View Photos and Video
,

Greenwood Car Show 2015

For the third year in a row, the car club “GREEKS ON THE STREETS” made its presence known at the 2015 Greenwood Car Show in Seattle.

Read More, View Photos and Video
,

Maria (Mary) Doxanis (Docsanes) Erickson

The story that follows was written by Maria (Mary) Doxanis (Docsanes) Erickson in April of 2014 and has been reformatted and edited for this exhibit.

Read More, View Photos and Video
,

The Xenos Women

That’s what Terry Xenos Proios said when she and her siblings gathered to tell their story of emigration from Leros, Greece, and life in Seattle, Washington. Three sisters of the nine-member Xenos family are featured here along with remembrances of their family life.

Read More, View Photos and Video
,

Mary George

Mary George (nee Courounes) has held on tightly to her Greek heritage while living in Seattle, Washington, almost her entire life.

Read More, View Photos and Video
,

The Rouvelas Family

In 1962 Larry Rouvelas, the father of Emanuel (Manny) Rouvelas and Pauline (Rouvelas) Spyridis, purchased the Athenian Inn, Seattle, Washington’s landmark restaurant in the Pike Place Market, from his uncles who founded it in 1908.

Read More, View Photos and Video
,

Molly Conom

As a bilingual legal secretary, Molly Conom, interpreted and translated for her boss, attorney Gust Kostakos, who spoke only English which his Greek-speaking clients did not know.

Read More, View Photos and Video
,

For the second year in a row, a significant Greek presence was seen at the Greenwood Car Show in Seattle, Washington, a mile and a half of classic and unusual vehicles and one of the best people-watching events in the state. Sponsored by the Juan de Fuca chapter of AHEPA, 15 vehicles, owned by Greeks and philhellenes, parked in front of Pete’s Eggnest where Pete and Voula Sideris graciously served breakfast and provided shade and water for the participants.

Read More, View Photos and Video