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PARISH PROFILE: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Atlantic City, New Jersey

This profile was published in the July-August, 1998 Orthodox Observer, and can be read in full online -

PARISH PROFILE:  St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

LOCATION:  Atlantic City, New Jersey

FOUNDED:  1924

St. Nicholas Church is at the "center of the action" in this city of 40,000, on which the popular board game Monopoly is based.  "We're in the middle of the casinos," remarked Fr. Nikas, who has served the parish eight years.
He said that about 80 percent of his parishioners come from Greece, and that "80 percent work in the casinos, but they don't like what they see, "The priest describes his community as "very conservative."  Most of the immigrants hail from northwestern Macedonia and the island of Chios. . . . . 
Although the church was established in 1924, only two years after the founding of the Archdiocese, the Greek Orthodox presence in Atlantic City originated before 1900,…

Koraes Library - Argenti Folklore Museum, Chios, Greece


The Koraes Library of Chios is one of the largest in Greece with a significant collection exceeding 130,000 volumes. It was established in 1792, as a department of the Great Chian School. The first books were donated by Adamantios Koraes and many of his friends, mostly Greek living abroad. 

Before the Massacre of Chios in 1822 it was the most important library of the whole region. After a major earthquake in 1881 it was moved into a new building where it has remained ever since. Initially the building had only one floor; the second one was added after 1948 by the major donator Philip Argenti. Important upgrades and additions took place in the period 1975-78, again with initiatives by the Argenti family.

Besides its founder, Adamantios Koraes, also many other Chians donated their personal book collections to the Library. Important donators include Ioannis AndreadisZorzis and Tarse Dromokaitou, Alex. Pachnos, Georgios Michalinos, Alex. Votsanis, Leonis Kal…


The following obituaries and article were published in the January 14, 2006 issue of The National Herald.  I am providing them as a possible tool for Hellenic genealogy research.


PANO KOUMANTAROS, a man who liked to help others, and who lived passionately, loses his battle to cancer at 61 by Stacey Mulick, The News Tribune

TACOMA, Wash. - Panayotis "Pano" Koumantaros took two major risks in his life. 

At 26 and with little grasp of English, he left his native Greece and his parents to seek opportunity in America. Five years later, he launched his own pension benefits consulting firm. 

Both moves paid off. 

His firm, Spectrum Pension Consultants Inc., has grown from a one-man operation to a company that employs more than 20 people and provides pension consulting to nearly 700 small businesses in 17 states. 

He became active in the Tacoma community, serving in the Fircrest Golf Club, the Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club and the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council. 

He …

GREEKS OF HOLLYWOOD - 10 articles in Journal of Modern Hellenism Vol 32/2016

Issue Vol. 32 / 2016 of the Journal of Modern Hellenism was published entirely on the subject of the GREEKS OF HOLLYWOOD.  This looks so interesting.  I haven't had time to read it myself, but plan on doing so over the next week.  Enjoy it!



The Greek American Image in American Film:  Creation of a Filmography by Barbara Saltz

From "Other" to "One of Us":  The Changing Image of Greek Americans in American film:  1943-1963 by Dan Georgakas

The Hollywood Films of Irene Papas by Gerasimus Katsan

Before and Beyond America America by Stathis Giallelis

And the Winner is Olympia Dukakis by Elaine Thomopoulos

Working Through and Against Convention:  The Hollywood Career of A. I. Bezzerides by Yiorgos Kalogeras

Creating Images for Hollywood Classics by Vicki James Yiannias

Forgotten Movie Theater Pioneer:  Alexander Pantages and Immigrant Hollywood by Taso G. Lagos

John Cassavetes and the Uneasy Co…

Explore Greek Manuscripts Online at the British Library

The Greek News Agenda published an article titled "Explore Greek Manuscripts Online at the British Library" on March 10, 2017.

"Historians, biblical scholars and students of classical Greece alike no longer have to make the trip to the British Library’s reading rooms since most of the British Library’s Greek manuscripts are now accessible online. As a result of the Library’s Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project, which began in 2008 and is funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, full digital coverage and new catalogue descriptions of 905 Greek manuscripts are now available to researchers with high resolution colour images of each manuscript, including flyleaves and bindings, with an up-to-date description of its content and codicological features, and an extensive bibliography."  . . . .


PARISH PROFILE: New Hampshire's Mother Church - St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Manchester, New Hampshire

This profile was published in the April 20, 1998 Orthodox Observer, and can be read in full online -

PARISH PROFILE:  Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral

LOCATION:  Manchester, New Hampshire

FOUNDED:  1905

St. George Cathedral parish embodies the quintessential Greek experience of 100 years ago in this country.

New England, with its flourishing textile mills and shoe factories, attracted tens of thousands of the Greek immigrants who came to this land in the 1890s and early 1900s.  Today, Greeks comprise about 10 percent of Manchester's 100,000 people.

Manchester, sitting astride the Merrimack River in southern New Hampshire, was typical of many towns and cities in the region with plenty of low-paying factory jobs for newcomers, including children, willing to work 12 or more hours a day under grueling conditions.

The Amoskeag textile mills were among the largest in the world and employed hundreds of Greeks in the early years of th…

1998 - 2017 Yearbooks - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website provides online access to the new 2017 Yearbook (294 pages), along with archives of Yearbooks back to 1998.  
General Information Ecumenical Patriarchate Archdiocese of America Departments - Ministries Archdiocesan Departments Archdiocesan Institutions, Related Agencies and Organizations Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops U.S. Orthodox Communities Under the Ecumenical Patriarch Directories Resources Photos

Hellenic Organization: Pan-Rhodian Benevolent Society of NSW "Colossus" LTD. - New South Wales, Australia


Name of Organization:  Pan-Rhodian Benevolent Society of NSW "Colossus" LTD.

Location:  New South Wales, Australia


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The Pan-Rhodian Benevolent society of NSW is a non profit organization formed in 1958 by a group of Greek migrants whose origins were from the Greek Island of Rhodes in the Eastern Aegean sea. The society’s mission was to provide a platform where migrants from their community could come together in this new country and celebrate their “greekness”, memories of their heritage and to provide charitable assistance.
Today more than 54 years latter, the second and third generation of the families of those first men and women who formed the society continue to uphold the values and mission of the society. It’s year long list of social activities act as a means of bringing Australian Greeks together whilst raising money for those that are fa…

Hellenic Organization: Pan Rhodian Society of America "Apollon", Inc.


Name of Organization:  Pan Rhodian Society of America "Apollon", Inc.

Location:  Chapters throughout United States



This Society was founded pursuant to Article 65 of Law 3534 of the State of Connecticut on
January 28, 1927, under the name PAN-RHODIAN SOCIETY “APOLLON." By amendment
of a Society Convention, the name was changed to PAN• RHODIAN SOCIETY OF


Aims and Objectives
a) To unite in one organization all individuals of Rhodian descent, regardless of sex or religion, residing in the United States of America and Canada; b) To promote greater unity within the Greek-American Community; c) To encourage mutual aid and to promote solidarity and brotherly relations among its members; d) To give financial assistance to patriotic, educational, religious, philanthropic, athletic, and agricultural institutions in the United States and in Rhodes; e) To…

The Dawn of Greek Stereotypes in Early American Cinema

Published in The National Herald, March 4 - 10 , 2017 Issue Authored by Steve Frangos TNH Staff Writer
We are excited to announce that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 

It is difficult, from this historical distance, to decipher exactly what the average American first saw when attending the then-newly developed entertainment medium, the motion picture. Complicating our understanding even further for those concerned with Modern Greek Studies is that cultural stereotypes of Greeks are so fluid, many associations once inseparable image about Greeks in the average American mind are no longer recognized.

Unpacking these historically fixed images can seem, from time to time, unnecessarily complex. Nonetheless, working on these symbolic twist and turns, noting how they rise a…

Public Historical Library of Andritsaina - Greece

I want to thank George Koleas for posting the following information on the Hellenic Genealogy Geek Facebook group, and bringing it to my attention so that I could share it with all of you.


"I recently learned that the Historical Archive of the Library in Andritsaina contains pre-revolutionary, revolutionary and post-revolutionary handwritten documents including: • Manuscripts from the personal archive of Nikolaos Dimitrakopoulos
• Handwritten letters of 1821 warriors (Panagiotis Anagnostopoulos; Theodoros Kolokotronis; Panos, Gennaios and Markos Kolokotronis; Anagnostis and Panagiotis Kanellopoulos etc.)
• Manuscripts of Plapoutas family
• Minutes of the Peloponnesian Senate
• Manuscripts from the personal archive of Charalambos Christopoulos. In the following link, you can find the biographies of revolutionary warriors. The biographies are in English If anyone can read Greek and translate…

The New York Public Library Digital Collections


This site has over 700,000 items digitized.  "It is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more."

I found some interesting old maps and pictures using the search terms Ottoman Empire, Greece,  Turkey, or Greek immigrant.