Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Islands

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In about 1890 two Jewish men, Jack Policar and Solomon Calvo, were traveling in Turkey and were considering migrating to New York City.  On …

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IN MEMORY Dorothea Alice Mootafes, beloved friend and teacher, left us to be with the Lord on October 12, 2016.  She was 88 years …

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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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When Angelos and Maria Xidias came to Seattle, Washington, in the 1980s, their Greek backgrounds augmented their new experiences and opportunities in the United States.

Washington’s First Greek
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NOTE: Greeks in Washington is dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the story of Greeks in Washington State. Of the many stories compiled and exhibited at www.greeksinwashington.org each has its own unique twist. This one, about the first Greek in Washington is truly unique.

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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.

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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.

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

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Hariklia “Holly” Poulias shares a unique Greek and Japanese heritage. She and her husband Nick share their stories of international travel and their lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Fifty-six years after a proxenia (arranged marriage) Pete and Carol Mykris’ marriage is testimony to their love for and patience with each other.