Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Central Greece

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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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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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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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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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Barbas Family

Tom, Helen and Demetra Barbas’ family moved to Seattle, Washington, in November of 1944 from a protective Greek “bubble” in Detroit, Michigan.

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Pete and Voula Sideris

Their restaurant was originally called Patty’s Eggnest but renamed Pete’s Eggnest when Voula and Pete Sideris bought it. Having served generations of customers with their warm hospitality, it has been affectionately called Pete’s Love Nest.

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Basil and Jim Anton

Despite their father’s admonitions, Basil and Jim Anton have spent over 40 years together in the restaurant and catering business.

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Mihail "Mike" Papadimitriou

Mihail Papadimitriou continues to operate People’s Shoe Repair in Everett, Washington, which his uncle originally began in 1934. The quality of his craft and the loyalty of his customers make his story unique in Washington State.

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