Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Nationality

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There are many ways to use one’s Greek language. Marilyn (Marianthe) Tsapralis McCabe Love uses hers to inspire and teach others.

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Steve (Stavros) James Sourapas’ Greek family experience and the operation of the family business were closely intertwined.

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From Spokane to Seattle to Bellingham, Mary Sellinas Hulbush has maintained her faith, her friends and her Greek heritage.

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For Terry (Sotiros) Nikolaos Karis (Kanakaris) making good parea (companionship) has been the key to a successful life in Seattle’s Greek community.

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He was known as the Junk King of Anacortes when he began collecting discarded items in 1908 but E. (Efthemios) “Mike” Demopoulos became a major landowner and businessman in the town.

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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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On his first day of school when Lazarus Stylianos Politakis was hit in the head with a baseball bat he cried out for help in his native tongue. Someone said, “That sounds like Greek to me.”

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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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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.