Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

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Harry and Billie Platis

It was the close community of Greeks that gave Harry and Billie Platis their happiness and feeling of security while growing up in Everett, Washington.

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Jim Tallahan

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 Xenos Women

That’s what Terry Xenos Proios said when she and her siblings gathered to tell their story of emigration from Leros, Greece, and life in Seattle, Washington. Three sisters of the nine-member Xenos family are featured here along with remembrances of their family life.

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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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Bill and Jeanne Kaimakis

Bill and Jeanne Kaimakis have shared many wonderful and challenging moments both in houses on land and on a 50-foot ocean-going vessel.

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Fran, Alice, George, and Paul Plumis

Four children, 13 men named George, a happy family life and unselfish dedication to their church and community.

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Spiro Nicon

In the 1900s many Greeks found financial success in the food and beverage businesses. Spiro “Spin” Nicon’s entrepreneurial skills, honesty and friendly personality made him one of those Greeks in Seattle.

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