Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Central Greece

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Gus Cooper

Seattle, Washington’s Wallingford neighborhood was the Greek community for siblings Gus Cooper and Tasia Prineas.

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Jim Malevitsis

That’s how Eleni Malevitsis refers to her son Demetri as they share stories of immigrating to the United States and his 27 years in the restaurant business.

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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.

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Petro and Colleen Farmasonis

Ask Petro Farmasonis where the best Greek food can be found in Seattle, Washington, and he will point to his own kitchen. From 1966 to 1979 Petro and Colleen Farmasonis operated Seattle’s successful Greek-themed restaurant, the Eleniko Horio, Greek Village.

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Pauli Diafos

Pauli (Pauline) Cave’s name is interesting. Her given name, Polixeni, literally translated means many strangers and her first married name, Diafos, was originally Diafilakis or two little kisses.

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Vicky Kangles and Basil Gregores

The John Gregores and Nick Carras families lived near each other in Seattle, Washington, among a large number of Greek families. Two of their children, cousins Basil Gregores and Vicky Carras Kangles, share their memories of growing up in the Greek community.

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George Serpanos

George Seraphim Serpanos may not share the ingredients for his salad dressing but his recipe for success in Seattle’s restaurant business is no secret. He has owned seven restaurants, operated or worked in seven others and has relatives operating three more.

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Tom Cassis

The walls of Tom Cassis’ basement recreation room contain a family history of photos beyond imagination. For him as long as the family comes first, everything else will fall in line.

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Eugene Collias

Combine a 50-year career in oceanography, over 70 years as a photographer, over 50 years using computers and over 40 years studying his Greek heritage and one begins to appreciate the fruitful life of Eugene (Efthemios) Evans (Evangelos) Collias.

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Perry Scarlatos

On the way to his interview Pericles “Perry” Homer Scarlatos, while clutching several manila folders full of family history and photos, said “I’m ready for my grilling.”

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