From February 7 to May 31, 2015 the Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State will proudly present an exhibit titled “A Place at the Table: 100 Years of Greek Restaurants, Culture and the Entrepreneurial Spirit.” The exhibit will be hosted by the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) at South Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. The exhibit will be held in the Community Focus Gallery and will include photos, memorabilia and video segments documenting over 300 restaurants in Washington State owned or operated by Greeks since the early 1900s. “A Place at the Table” will follow “Shalom! Open for Business,” the current exhibit of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society.
As a prelude to the event, MOHAI’s History Café will present holiday stories from the Greek and Jewish communities on Thursday, December 18. On the third Thursday of every month discussions on local history are held in the History Café. Each month features a different topic, and history enthusiasts are invited to come together and share what they know. Waterfront views and delicious treats at the Compass Café encourage lively dialogue. Light fare, coffee or a glass of wine combined with lively presentations make this an opportunity to share personal histories with each other.
The Greek portion of the evening will feature two holiday traditions. First, Fr. Dean Kouldukis from Seattle’s Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption will speak on the vasilopita, (St. Basil’s bread) and share pieces with members of the audience. Secondly, under the direction of Yvonne Hunt, children from the Greek community will sing the kalanda, the holiday carols. It will be an enjoyable and educational evening to which the public is always invited.