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Greek American Heritage Society records


Held at: Greek American Heritage Museum [Contact Us]PO BOX 4201, Philadelphia, PA, 19101

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Greek American Heritage Museum. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The Greek American Heritage Society was established in 2002 by Mary Creticos (1918-2015). It is a volunteer based organization which strives to preserve and promote Hellenic culture and to reconnect youth and adults to their Greek heritage. The Society hosts educational and cultural programs and collects archival materials documenting the history of the Greek American community in greater Philadelphia.

In 2013 the Greek American Heritage Society entered into an agreement with Saint George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral and moved into the third floor of the office building adjacent to the Cathedral. St. George was originally St. Andrew Episcopal Church, built in the nineteenth century by John Haviland. In 1922, the Greek Orthodox Kathedrikos of Saint George bought the Church and renamed it Saint George.


Greek American Heritage Society. "About the Society." 2016. Accessed June 7, 2016.

Hidden City Philadelphia. "As Athens Burns in Protest, Reminders of Greek Philadelphia." 2012. Accessed June 7, 2016.

This collection dates from circa 1990s. Materials include letters and correspondence, newsletters, event flyers and sign up sheets, stationary, agendas, minutes, and tax documents. There are some newspaper clippings, photocopies, booklets, and printed matter related to Orthodox churches and religion and the African Orthodox Church. There are photocopies of genealogical research materials, possibly from genealogy program at Society.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2014-2016 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Greek American Heritage Museum directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Diane Biunno, Sarah Leu, and Anastasia Matijkiw through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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