Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Seattle

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At fifteen years of age, Ted (Theodore) Kaltsounis, his parents and five siblings escaped from Albania over the mountains into Greece to avoid communism and execution of his father.

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While the town of Manson, Washington, was reminiscent of her parents’ homes in Greece, hers was the only Greek family in the area.

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And why are they smiling? They are smiling because on August 20, 2000, over 50 immigrants and their descendents from Leros attended their first gathering since the 1970s.

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Imagine the aroma coming from a Greek or Italian family kitchen in the truck farming area of south Seattle.

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Could smart phones one day serve the same purpose for younger Greeks that the komboloi did for generations past? After all, in today’s world the komboloi is simply used for enjoyment or to help pass the time.

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How many ways can the heritage of Greeks in America be preserved and shared? Museums? Books? Oral histories? Photographs?

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Is it boubouniera? Or bomboniere? Perhaps bonboniere? What about boboniere? Or maybe bouboniera? Ah, yes also boubounniera. And not to be forgotten, bonbonniere. Having …

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Combine a 50-year career in oceanography, over 70 years as a photographer, over 50 years using computers and over 40 years studying his Greek heritage and one begins to appreciate the fruitful life of Eugene (Efthemios) Evans (Evangelos) Collias.

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Magdaline “Molly” Tsalaky (nee Barbas) treasures the musings of her father’s writing on whatever paper was available, even the back of vegetable can labels.

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What more appropriate title could have been given to this man, Plato Dionysios Kourkoumelis (Mellis)? Throughout his life as an accountant and businessman, his love of the sea has played a major role.