Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

First Generation

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GREEKS ON THE STREETS WINS TWO AWARDS For the ninth consecutive year, at Seattle’s premier Greenwood Car show, the Greeks on the Streets AHEPA …

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TWO FOR THE MUSEUM Since 2009, John and Joann Nicon have been conducting video interviews with Greeks and Greek-Americans in Washington State. With the …

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THE FLYING EDUCATOR Nick Cosmakos’ aviation career really began at 16 years of age when his parents gave him a $200 gift certificate to …

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SPOKANE’S THRIFTY CHARACTER Argyer “Archie” or “Arch” Cosmos Laloudakis was known not just for his tightfisted ways, but also for the devilish humor he …

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THE BOSSY LADY FROM BIRCH BAY Harieklia Nina Meras-Bryant is a self-proclaimed “bossy lady,” a characteristic that has contributed to her success and her …

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THE GENTLEMAN FROM BELLINGHAM John J. Franks was born in Bellingham, Washington, on July 24, 1929, where he attended both high school and college. …

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AN EVER-PRESENT GREEK ECCENTRIC George Beaman Kotolaris (1929-1990) was a notable figure in Seattle, Washington. He was known to attend almost every Greek social …

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FIRM, FAIR AND FRIENDLY Louis Lallas’ first employer told him he would be successful in both life and business if he consistently followed the …

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Gus Boutsinis and his brother John Dimitriou grew up in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and have achieved success in the restaurant, property development and entertainment businesses.

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Sisters Mary Lou Barton and Joanne Zarkades contribute innumerable hours to their church, not out of obligation but, just like their mother, it is just part of who they are.