Launched eight years ago, the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia reemerged just three years later as a revamped organization, that has been lobbying the Greek community of Philadelphia with the slogan “Our Heritage Makes us Unique, Share Yours”. It has been campaigning Hellenes and Philhellenes to join GAHSP. It was founded by Mary Criticos a well-known historic figure whose family settled in Old city Philadelphia at the turn of the century. This past month, another milestone has been reached by the GAHSP when it went back to the Greek community’s roots by moving into historic “Greektown” as it was known.
GAHSP recently came to an agreement with St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral and moved to the third floor of the office building adjacent to the historic church. Over the course of the last two weeks, volunteers, interns, historians, and members of the community have been sorting through materials they have carried upstairs into the vacant third floor offices at St. George. “We have a lot of wonderful people and interest from Greek-Americans in the region about preserving our past. We have been going through the boxes and crates of items that have been donated to the Heritage Society from families. Some of the records go back to the very beginning of the community when the first Greeks arrived here at the turn of the 20th Century and before”, said GAHSP President Nick Yiantsos. “Much of this history needs to be recorded and safeguarded before it’s lost,” added Yiantsos.
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