Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

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Thalia and Kiki Denos

West Seattle was home for a large number of Greek families when Thalia and Kiki Denos were growing up. Their family home was a center of activity for many friends and relatives.

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Panos Takis

In his youth, Panos George Takis (Tsiknes) learned to share what he had with others. He was taught the spirit of generosity on the family farm in Machias, Washington, which was a gathering place for many Greeks. Today he continues to help others in need.

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Petro and Colleen Farmasonis

Ask Petro Farmasonis where the best Greek food can be found in Seattle, Washington, and he will point to his own kitchen. From 1966 to 1979 Petro and Colleen Farmasonis operated Seattle’s successful Greek-themed restaurant, the Eleniko Horio, Greek Village.

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JoAnn Tryfon

As a youngster in Tacoma, Washington, JoAnn Tryfon’s Greek school lessons did not stay with her. However, in her retirement years she has come to understand and appreciate what she missed as a child.

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Nitsa Rockas

Eleni or “Nitsa” (the familiar of Elenitsa or little Eleni) Rockas (nee Rotous) was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington, on November 6, 1933. She is seen here holding her autobiography, “Reflections of an American-Greek Life,” which she completed in May of 2013.

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John Kouklis

While Fr. Kouklis conducted baptism or funeral services in the church, his son was in court for an adoption or a will probate.

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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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Bill, Harry, and Gus Kravas

The three Kravas brothers, Bill, Harry and Gus, grew up on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. They were poor by today’s standards but never knew it, thanks in large part to parents who provided them with a loving environment and a deep appreciation of their Hellenic heritage.

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Alexander Pantages

The story of Alexander Pantages is one of an epic struggle of poverty-to-riches against the backdrop of business treachery, anti-immigrant sentiment and butting of titanic egos involving Joseph P. Kennedy and press baron, William Randolph Hearst.

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Carkonen Family

For the three Carkonen brothers, a learned work ethic, emphasis on family values and strong relationships within the Greek community have aided their success in both business and in life.

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