Striving for the American Dream: The Legacy of Greek Immigration


Dates: This renovated exhibit is expected to reopen Fall 2014 with new elements to enhance the visitor experience.

American Moments: The Legacy of Greek Immigration illuminates the Greek immigrant journey across America. It traces the Greek path towards becoming American and showcases the Greek presence in definitive moments of American history. From the Civil War, to the Abolitionist movement, to the American Labor and Civil Rights Movements, the exhibit celebrates the contributions of Greek Americans to the American mosaic.

Audioscape elements include oral histories from the National Hellenic Museum’s Frank S. Kamberos Oral History Center collection and the Library of Congress:

  • American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Mae & Kostis Bongalis, “They called it Greeksville instead of Whitesville.”
  • Carrie Lou Jarrell, “All Whitesville was Greek.”


This exhibit is generously supported by:

Paula and Peter Fasseas
The Halikias Family Foundation and The Karabots Foundation

Dr. & Mrs. George Korkos
Grecian Delight Foods – The Parthenis Family
Mr. John Rangos
Mr. & Mrs. John Payiavlas

Mr. Frank S. Kamberos
Mr. & Mrs. John T. Mathews
A. Thomas & Christy Skallas

The Father George Scoulas Memorial Fund