Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Northern Greece

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Alexandros “Alecos” Constantinou Kralios was born on January 30, 1937, in Komotini, two and one-half hours east of Thessaloniki in north eastern Greece. Fani Niki Andreou Papadimitriou was born in the city of Athens on May 24, 1939. They share their experiences as research physicians in Greece and after almost 50 years in the United States.

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When Demetrios Voltsis visited the family of his new friend in Seattle, Washington, the friend’s sister was not impressed. That impression has improved immensely over 50 years.

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Sephardic Jews

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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Tasos Manouras and Kiki Karakatsani

Tasos Manouras and Kiki Karakatsani are part of a recent group of Greek immigrants who bring a high level of education to the growing economy in the Seattle, Washington, area.

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Maria and Christos Govetas

When Maria and Christos Govetas immigrated to the United States in 1978, the opportunities for education and successful careers were far beyond their dreams.

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Godulas Family

My mom, Naouma Filou, was later to became Naouma Godulas. Her story begins in 1918 in the small village of Siatista in the foothills of northern Greece. She said that she was uncertain of the day she was born, so she had just picked a date – Sept. 15th.

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Christos Manzieris

Although Christos Manzieris did not follow his chosen profession when he came to Seattle, Washington, he was able to use his knowledge and teaching …

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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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Pete and Carol Mykris

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

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Theodosios Katramadou

The Museum has been fortunate to receive an article written by Michail Diamianos Katramados in Thessaloniki, Greece, and translated by his daughter Fotoula Katramdou. It pays tribute to Michail’s uncle, Theodosios Katramadou, who immigrated to Tacoma, Washington, during the early 20th century and subsequently became a benefactor for his family in Greece. It is a poignant snapshot of the life and works of an “anonymous” Greek American who touched many lives in the old country, without ever seeing them or expecting anything in return.

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