Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

First Generation

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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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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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With the name Jim Tallahan, (Demetrios Talaganis) and living in Bellingham, Washington, he was more like an “all American boy” than the child of Greek immigrants.

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The Hamilos sisters, Mary and Deena relish their connections with their homeland just as they value their faith and activities in the Greek community of Seattle, Washington.

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That’s how Vasiliki “Billie” Larimer (nee Babunes) referred to her mother’s group of friends who would gather at their homes for their regular sessions of sewing, cooking and sharing stories.

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Tom, Helen and Demetra Barbas’ family moved to Seattle, Washington, in November of 1944 from a protective Greek “bubble” in Detroit, Michigan.

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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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Despite their father’s admonitions, Basil and Jim Anton have spent over 40 years together in the restaurant and catering business.

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The story that follows was written by Maria (Mary) Doxanis (Docsanes) Erickson in April of 2014 and has been reformatted and edited for this exhibit.

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