June 7, 2012 — Federation of Sterea Hellas Presents Check to NHM
June 7, 2012
Federation Participates in Legacy Brick Program
CHICAGO (June 7, 2012) — The Federation of Sterea Hellas participates in the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) legacy brick program. In April, Mr. Tom Tsaganos Treasurer and Archives Chairman of the Federation of Sterea Hellas presented an $11,000 check to NHM Trustee Georgia Mitchell and Director of External Affairs Toula Georgakopolous. The organization purchased three legacy bricks to commemorate the following: Federation of Sterea Hellas; Syndesmos, Stereolladition Athanasios Diako; and the Society Lidorikioton and Makrygiannis.
“The Federation of Sterea Hellas is proud to support the National Hellenic Museum. We encourage all Greek organizations to join us in not only supporting the museum, but to pay a lasting tribute to past generations and to build upon present accomplishments of the Greek community,” explained Mr. Tsaganos.
The Federation of Sterea Hellas USA & Canada was founded by Rev. Daniel Gambrilis of St. Nicholas and represents thirty three active Societies from Central Greece. For 65 years, they have paid tribute to immigrants from Central Greece by creating an archive of albums, journals, letters and convention minutes. The crown jewel of this project is a collection of over 300 pictures from Sterea Hellas from the early days until today, starting from Loukas Miltiades Miller, the orphan from Levadia who became the first Greek American Congressman.
The Legacy Bricks will be on permanent display near the entrance of the new National Hellenic Museum located at 333 S. Halsted in Chicago’s historic Greektown. Legacy Bricks will be offered on a limited basis and are offered in two sizes: 3 x 15 for $5,000 and 2 x 10 for $3,000. For more information about NHM Legacy Bricks, please visit their website at www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org.
The National Hellenic Museum’s mission is to preserve and explore Hellenism and to chronicle the Greek American journey through exhibitions, oral histories, archival collections and education programs. Its purpose is to inspire in people of all backgrounds a curiosity for their own story through a greater connection to Greek history, culture and the arts. Located at the corner of Halsted and Van Buren in the heart of Chicago’s famed Greektown, the Museum is open Tuesdays – Sundays. For more information, visit www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org or call 312-655-1234.