Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Keeping Community

The Greeks in Washington kept their traditions and culture through a variety of sources including social activities, the Orthodox Church, fraternal organizations, sports and music.

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Mary Dallas Smith, Eva Pelonis Tountas, and Cleo Dallas Blackstone

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

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Zoye Marinopoulou

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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Zoye Fidler

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

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Katheren Armatas

“Yesterdays are history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift of love, that is why it is called the present.”

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Georgia Nicon Madiba

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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Tony Adeline, Cleo Adeline Rumpakis, and Kathy Adeline

Combine the administrative, educational and organizational talents of three siblings and you have the history of Greeks in the Yakima Valley of Washington State.

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Eugene Collias

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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Helen Demson

It was in the early 1940s when the county sheriff received a call reporting a gypsy begging for money in downtown Yakima, Washington.

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Perry Scarlatos

On the way to his interview Pericles “Perry” Homer Scarlatos, while clutching several manila folders full of family history and photos, said “I’m ready for my grilling.”

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Helen Georges

When Helen was unable to obtain a nickel for an ice cream cone from her parents, she would go around the corner to Annetta Spiro’s home and was readily given the few cents necessary.

Here she holds her high school yearbook containing photos of several Greek classmates.

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