Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Exhibits

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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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K.G. Dino Apostolou

The descendants of George and Demetra Apostolou comprise one of the largest Greek families in the Seattle, Washington, area. The story begins with Konstantinos “Dino,” one of the eight Apostolou children who came to Seattle between 1962 and 1971.

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2015 History Competition
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Sponsored jointly by Greeks in Washington and AHEPA Firwood District 22, the 2015 Greek-American History Competition asked young people, ages 15 to 21, to …

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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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Greta Lucas

At 92 years of age, Greta Lucas’ appearance, spirit and faith belie her age. The story of her name is just one of several in her interesting life.

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Fotini Falbo

From an orphanage in Thessaloniki, Greece, to Walla Walla, Washington, the story of Fotini Falbo’s life, like Cinderella’s, is similar to that of a fairy tale princess.

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Sophia Dyke (nee Kourkoubas)

The youngest of four siblings from a small village in Greece, Sophia Dyke (nee Kourkoubas) took an independent route to the United States, her education and her profession.

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Mike Iliakis

In 1966, a feisty, handsome, young immigrant from Crete “took a chance” to come to America at the age of 29 in focused pursuit of his “love at first sight” whom he discovered a year earlier on a Mediterranean cruise. Little did he know at the time that years later, in another country, he’d be a husband, father and rancher in charge of a 100-acre farmstead complete with livestock and hay. Add to this energetic character a love of hunting and fishing with a passion for adding an extra heavy dose of unapologetic bold Greek identity throughout and you have the makings of an extraordinary life. Bernie Iliakis has written the following story about that person, his father Michael.

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From February 7 to May 31 2015, the Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State, in partnership with MOHAI (Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry) held an exhibit entitled “A PLACE AT THE TABLE; over 100 years of Greek restaurants, culture and the entrepreneurial spirit.” For those who were unable to view the exhibit, or those who would like to revisit A Place at the Table, the following five video segments are presented here.

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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.

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