Events & Activities

100 Years in America Commentary

October 10, 2008
7:00 – 9:00pm
Celebration at the Worcester Art Museum

The first event will educate decision-makers and opinion leaders of the larger Worcester, MA, national and international communities.  The purpose to inform them of society’s contribution to social and philanthropic causes, both in Europe and America and also about the contributions of those Greek immigrants who founded the Society and their progeny’s contributions to the Worcester community, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the nation and the world.

Epirotico Ensemble led by Edward Melikian will perform authentic instrumental music from the Epiros region. 

Hyder's Market of Worcester will cater the event. 

All three events will exhibit the documentary film. The documentary film is The Journey: The Greek American Dream, which the Stavros Niarchos Foundation helped fund.  As you know, Prof. Kitroeff collaborated with filmmaker Maria Iliou as the historical advisor in the making of the film. It recounts the arrival and settlement of the Greeks at the turn of the twentieth century, their gradual assimilation into American society and the revival of Greek ethnicity in the 1970s.


October 11, 2008
10:00am – 4:00pm – Hellenic College, Brookline, MA
Immigration Conference at Hellenic College

The aim of the third event –an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary academic conference--is to bring together specialists from a variety of fields (history, economics, politics, anthropology, sociology, ethnology and cultural studies) and seek to examine issues of identity and belonging, and the relationship between past and present in the context of cultural globalization. Papers dealing with all aspects of migration, re-migration, and trans-national and cross-cultural interconnections that shape the identity of diasporic communities will be presented.  The conference will make a significant contribution to public understanding about the identity and culture of diasporic societies and inspire future research in this area.

Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided by Hellenic College.


October 12, 2008
12:00pm – 2:00pm, Saint Spyridon’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral - Worcester, MA
Commemorative Symposium at Saint Spyridon’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral
BY INVITATION ONLY

The second event will speak to Worcester's Greek-American community about their own history in America that is easily forgot by succeeding generations. It is important to remind that audience of the many contributions of Greek-Americans to the Worcester, Massachusetts and national communities and also their responsibilities as the children and grandchildren of immigrants.

George Tselos - Archivist at Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, will be the keynote speaker. The luncheon will be held between noon-2 pm.  Hyder’s Market will cater the luncheon. The luncheon menu includes Souvlaki, pilaf, string beans, wine and desert. A nominal fee of $20 will be charged at the door to cover the costs of the luncheon.

George Tselos

October 10,11,12 2008

Two international scholars
Professors Alexander Kitroeff of Haverford College in Philadelphia, PA, and Dimitrios Konstadakopulos of the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK will speak at the three events. They are also involved in planning and organizing the various events and activities. Broadly, the three events and activities will seek to examine issues of identity and belonging, and the relationship between past and present in the context of cultural globalization.

Alexander Kitroeff    Dimitrios Konstandakopoulos

 

Visit of the Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Giromeri
Arrange a visit of the Abbott of Holy Monastery of Giromeri and a small silver box of Holly relics to Worcester, MA. The Holy Monastery is situated in the frontier area of the Prefecture of Thesprotia, eight kilometers northeast of Filiates, near the Greek/Albanian border and the village of Tsamantas. These immigrants brought their faith with them when they migrated to America. The Monastery posses a great number of icons of several sizes and ages, as well as miniature works including:

  • Sigilliums (Patriarchal documents) and Chrysovoula (royal golden sealed documents) in membrane
  • Manuscripts (14th-19th century)
  • Printed books (17th-20th century)
  • Silver ecclesiastic utensils

The St. George’s Society is collaborating with St. Spyridon’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester, MA, where the Holly Relics will be exhibited. The Abbott will speak at the Sunday Service and at the commemorative symposium on October 12, 2008.

Monograph of the Epirote village of Tsamantas by Nikos Nitsos
Publish A Monograph of the Epirote village of Tsamantas by Nikos Nitsos written in Greek in 1926. The St. George’s Society is collaborating with Hellenic College, which is arranging for the translation. We are asking funding to publish 500 copies by The Hellenic College Press to be distributed to colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia. The English translation of the monograph is scheduled to be released October 2008.

Copies of the Monograph will be available during all the Columbus Day week-end events.