Philadelphia, PA – Black and White as well as faded color photographs were all on display at Estia Restaurant. The Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia hosted it’s 1st Annual Photo Contest and Tour, depicting the history of the Greeks of Philadelphia. Images were submitted from as far away as Harrisburg, Reading and Wilmington Delaware by Greeks from the Delaware Valley.
The images featured Greeks back in the old country and right here, in the heart of Olde City Philadelphia, in “Greektown” as it was known for nearly a century. Store owners, family portraits and images of Greek veterans were part of the displayed work. Churches and holiday events were also on hand. It was all about the First and immigrant Greek community. Guests enjoyed a dinner and then a sentimental journey through it’s communities members past. As they strolled through the exhibit, they pointed out images where they identified friends and families in. They shared stories about the past and even a tear. The first church, the first radio station, the first choir – they were all on display.
“It’s all about goosebumps and getting to know the community’s past,” said GAHSP President Nick Yiantsos. The event is one of several projects the GAHSP features each year. This project will become an annual event for the Greek-American community to unite under and share it’s history. The GAHSP is also developing a digital library about the entire Greek-American community and is interviewing and featuring members of the community monthly for the famed – Philadelphia Interview Series.
The evening concluded with several photos being recognized “Best of Show”. Prizes were given in the area of Best Portrait, Landscape, People Choice, Patriotic, Religion, Church, and Youth.