Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Immigrant

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Louie and Mary Malesis have made significant contributions to both the Renton and Seattle, Washington, communities. In 2015 their granddaughter Sophia Giakoumatos interviewed her grandfather and the results of that interview are presented here. Their story is supplemented with information in italics from a video interview with both Louie and Mary in 2017.

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Sam Treperinas has many stories to tell about his very successful 50-year career with the railroad and a busy retirement. For Sam and his wife Elly, the title of this exhibit is very appropriate for their experiences and success in life.

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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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During World War II in Greece, Maria Cooper (nee Deligianni) was unable to pursue her schooling. Rather, as a teenager and the oldest of seven children, she was responsible for her younger siblings.

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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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Whether exploring the ship from Greece, learning to play sports, taking an occasional joy ride or meeting politicians, Harry Tourikis’ curiosity helped him learn …

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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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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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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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As a relatively recent Greek immigrant, Ilias Mastrogiannis has established his career with the Microsoft Corporation, has his own family and is developing a distillery business.