Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Peloponese

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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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Holly and Nick Poulias

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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Jim Markezinis

When Demetrios (James, Jim or “Jimmy”) Michael Markezinis was presented with opportunities for work in his new country, despite their unpredictability, he pondered for a moment and then said “OK.”

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Costas Antonopoulos

Constantinos “Costas” Nikolaos Antonopoulos brought his skills as a pastry chef to Seattle, Washington, in 1968. From there he expanded his culinary skills and became a successful and respected restaurateur.

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John Skimas

John Skimas has found relatives with the original family name of Skamnias, a derivation of the Greek word for sycamore or mulberry tree. This discovery was made while visiting Greece and using a DNA kit to determine that there was a 99% match with his relative.

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George Rallis

From the time he was in the eighth grade, George Rallis wanted to be a football coach. His dream came true and he credits much of his success to a work ethic learned from his father. He and his brother John share their stories.

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Pearl Pavlos

With both Belgian and Greek legacies, Pearl Pavlos chose the latter and has always seen herself “as Greek as I can get” with inseparable ties to her Greek Orthodox Church.

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JoAnn Tryfon

As a youngster in Tacoma, Washington, JoAnn Tryfon’s Greek school lessons did not stay with her. However, in her retirement years she has come to understand and appreciate what she missed as a child.

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Steve Mallos

Steve Mallos is not one to brag about his life. Growing up in a rather poor family, he retired as a Vice President of the American Automobile Association (AAA) of Washington despite several injuries and serious illnesses along the way.

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Bill, Harry, and Gus Kravas

The three Kravas brothers, Bill, Harry and Gus, grew up on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. They were poor by today’s standards but never knew it, thanks in large part to parents who provided them with a loving environment and a deep appreciation of their Hellenic heritage.

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