Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Making a Home

The Greeks in Washington enjoyed a home life often filled with extended family and Greek language, cuisine and music.

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Willene Allison

Great yiayia (grandmother) was too long to say for Willene (Vasiliki) Delegans Allison’s great grandson, so the name for this family matriarch became simply “Great.”

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Steve Sourapas

Steve (Stavros) James Sourapas’ Greek family experience and the operation of the family business were closely intertwined.

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Manda Bekris

While the town of Manson, Washington, was reminiscent of her parents’ homes in Greece, hers was the only Greek family in the area.

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Ethel Tschida

When Aphrodite (Ethel) Turlis Tschida’s first child was born, her love for the baby was overwhelming and she feared that she would not have enough love for future children.

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Magdaline “Molly” Tsalaky

Magdaline “Molly” Tsalaky (nee Barbas) treasures the musings of her father’s writing on whatever paper was available, even the back of vegetable can labels.

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Rose Hanches

One would only have to receive a few of the cleaned fresh vegetables and fruits from her garden to appreciate how Triantafilia (Rose) Hanches (nee Stefanis) has given generously to her family, friends and church.

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Mary Manolides Formuzis

The framed pieces on the wall appear to be photos. However, when one looks closely, the cross stitch and needle point pieces show how meticulously the work has been done.

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George Alex

It’s not just George Alex’s height, but the extent of his generosity and honest reputation that earn him this title.

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Andromachi Neckas

Once while preparing one of her buttery-rich meals, Andromachi Neckas (nee Petropoulou) started an oven fire. The firemen who quickly extinguished the flames were then treated to a sample of her excellent Greek cuisine.

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Clara Nicon

With over 80 years of sewing experience Clara Nicon (nee Chakos) was asked why she never considered selling her work. Her reply? “Never, never. I think of it as sharing my talents.”

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