Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Peloponese

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Jim Kost

Family in the Greek culture is very important. Frequently, families will “adopt” people to join them by calling them thea (aunt) or theo (uncle) either for respect, to acknowledge closeness or, to expand a small family. Friends who are godparents to children or sponsors for a married couple are called koumbari and are considered family. Whether at home in Seattle, Washington, or while visiting his ancestral homes in Greece, Jim Kost regularly hears this call from those he encounters.

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Dorothy Haskell

In the 1940s, McGill, Nevada, a small town in the eastern part of the state, was home for over 100 Greek families. Dorothy (Theodora) Haskell tells the story of growing up in McGill and eventually settling in Seattle, Washington.

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Zaphara

Zaphara loves this quote from the stage play and musical Auntie Mame knowing that many people have not been able to live a full …

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The Kootros Brothers

The following is a modified version of an article that was posted on the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog “Community News for all the Hill,” on …

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Chris Legeros

With a 39-year career in broadcast journalism, Chris Legeros has experienced more than he ever expected in his life. He credits his culture and heritage (four generations of Greek ancestors) with giving him the strength and tenacity to be successful in his work.

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Pallis Family

Chris George Pallis recalls many “Georgisms” from his father that have influenced his life.

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Derezes and Falangus Families

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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Nicholas George Lolos

Greek lmmigrant…Beloved Local American Citizen

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Steve and Anna Athan

Steve and Anna Athan spent over 30 years combining hard work and his tailoring skills to achieve a successful career in Seattle, Washington.

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Thomas Soukakos

From helping his mother with a traveling carnival business in Greece to operating successful restaurants in Seattle, Washington, Thomas Soukakos’ story is one of optimism and perseverance.

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