Heritage & Culture

Jewel School: Where Did the Greek Key Come From?

Do you own a piece of jewelry with the ‘Greek Key’ motif? Do you know where it came from? Find out!

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Jewel School: Byzantine Cross and Christianity

Do you know why we wear Byzantine crosses or how they became a symbol of Christianity? What is their origin? Find out in today’s Jewel School.

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Jewel School: Stefana and the Greek Wedding

Why do we use stefana in a Greek wedding ceremony? How did this tradition come about? What do they mean? Find out in today’s Jewel School.

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Support the Best of Greece at Greek Panorama

The lights of Greek tourism, culture, and gastronomy will flash in the heart of Manhattan, this May, for the highly-anticipated exhibition, Greek Panorama.

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Women’s History Month: Athens’ 1st Female Mayor – Dora Bakoyannis

In this last segment of our series celebrating Women’s History Month, meet Dora Bakoyannis, the 1st female Mayor of Athens, Greece.

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Essay: The Indomitable Hellenic Spirit

Congratulations to our Essay Contest Winner Demetrios Maroutsos! On this Greek Independence Day, read on to learn what this Greek-American student had to say about the ‘Hellenic Spirit’.

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Jewel School: Bridal Jewelry of Ancient Greece

Welcome back to Jewel School! Spring is wedding season! So let’s talk about bridal jewelry in ancient Greece. If you’re about to tie the knot, and even if you’re aren’t, check this out!

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Women’s History Month: Anna Komnene – the First Female Historian

Welcome back to our series celebrating Women’s History Month! Meet Anna Komnene – a Greek Byzantine princess AND the first female historian.

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Women’s History Month: Pioneering Greek-American Women

It’s Women’s History Month! This week, Author Elaine Cotsirilos Thomopoulos profiles several pioneering Greek-American women in Illinois. Read their stories.

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National Hellenic Society: Making America Greek Again

The Greek-American story is also the great American story. Click to learn more about National Hellenic Society’s initiatives to make American Greek again.

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Jewel School: Meet an Ancient Greek Gemologist & More

It’s story time at Jewel School! Did you know there was an Ancient Greek gemologist? Read on to learn more about him, and about gems in myth and lore.

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One of the Best Love Stories of Mythology: Eros & Psyche

Happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s celebrate this day of love by revisiting one of the best love stories in Greek mythology — Eros & Psyche.

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Jewel School: Classical Greek Themes in Jewelry

Welcome to Jewel School! In this series, Jewelry Designer Paraskevi of Paul’s Jewelers will explore Classical Greek themes in  jewelry and adornment.

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Remembering the Holocaust of Arkadi

Today is the 150th anniversary of the Holocaust of Arkadi. This little known event is actually a significant date in Hellenic history. We remember the brave souls who lost their lives on this day.

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Remembering OXI Day: Metaxas’ OXI Changed the Course of WWII

On October 28, 1940, Metaxas gave his legendary answer to Mussolini. His “OXI” was not simply an act of defiance. It was a matter of principle. And it changed the course of WWII.

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Meet the Kouzina Chefs: Chicago’s Best “Twist” Classic Greek Dishes

The National Hellenic Museum’s Kouzina is a celebration of Greek food, wine, & culture. Meet the Kouzina chefs — some of Chicago’s best — who’ll serve twists on classic Greek dishes.

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Commemorating the 94th anniversary of the Smyrna Fire & Great Catastrophe

September 14 marks the 94th anniversary of the Smyrna Fire & the Great Catastrophe, which ended 3000 years of Greek presence in Anatolia. We honor the heroes and those whose lives were lost.

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Greek Heritage Society Documentary to Spotlight 2nd & 3rd Generation Greeks in CA

Part 3 in the series by the  Greek Heritage Society will focus on the successes of 2nd and 3rd generation Greeks in Southern California.

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The Fall of Constantinople: The End of the Byzantine Empire

May 29 is the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople. This marked the end of the Byzantine Empire. What happened? Read on to learn more about this important history.

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Commemorating the Battle of Crete

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete during World War II. This historic battle, which took place from May 20-June 1, 1941, changed the course of the war.

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Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day: Never Forget

Today is the Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day, commemorating the events of 1914-1923. It’s estimated that during this period 2.75 million Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks were killed.

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Easter Special Section 2016

Thanks for supporting our Easter Special Section 2016.

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The Past In The Present: The Classics Never Go Out of Style

  Welcome Aysha Nasir, as she reflects upon the continued relevance of the wisdom of the ancients.

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ΖΗΤΩ ΕΛΛΑΣ! Greek Independence Day: History, Celebration

Today we celebrate the “dipli yiorti” — double holiday — Greek Independence Day, commemorating the revolution to emancipate Greeks from 400 years of oppression under Ottoman rule, and the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.

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Women’s History Month: Manto Mavrogenous

In honor of Women’s History Month, we remember another brave woman, Manto Mavrogenous, an often-forgotten heroine of The Greek War of Independence.

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Καλή Σαρακοστή! It’s Clean Monday

It’s Καθαρή Δεύτερα – Clean Monday. It’s the first day of Great Lent. Let’s look at some Clean Monday traditions, and reflect on the Lenten journey.

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Women’s History Month: Laskarina Bouboulina

In honor of Women’s History Month, we remember Laskarina Bouboulina, heroine of the Greek War of Independence.

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Speak Greek in March

Australian-born initiative, Speak Greek in March, aims to engage the Hellenic Diaspora in effort to proliferate the use of the Greek language.

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National Hellenic Museum Assembles Legal Dream Team for “The Trial of Antigone”

Following the extraordinary success of the Trials of Socrates and Orestes, the National Hellenic Museum brings back the former prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges from previous years as they take on another case from the annals of Greek history: The Trial of Antigone vs. Creon.

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“Why the Mountains Are Black” Celebrates Greek Mountain Music

Grammy-winning producer Christopher King talks about his new CD compilation, “Why the Mountains Are Black”, and why it’s important to preserve this music.

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Politismos Museum Brings Greek Art & History to You

Politismos Museum of Greek History is a digital museum that brings the history, culture and influence of Greece and its people to your home.

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OPA-cize Comes to Chicago

Australia’s popular Greek-inspired fitness craze, OPA-cize™, has arrived in Chicago.

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Top Legal Scholar Richard Allen Posner to Speak About Greek Philosophy and More

Richard Allen Posner, the most cited legal scholar of the 20th century, will discuss the influence of Greek philosophers, Aristotle in particular, on America’s founders, laws, and institutions, at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago.

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Greek Lessons OnLine Takes Greek Lessons Global

Greek Lessons OnLine removes logistical challenges and makes learning Greek fun, interactive, and accessible to those who don’t live near a traditional Greek school.

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Joffrey Ballet Goes Greek

Historic partnership brings together Joffrey Ballet and Neolea Hellenic Dancers for a unique performance.

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Family Holiday Fun at the National Hellenic Museum

Food, music, crafts and fun at the National Hellenic Museum’s family Christmas party

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“The Greeks” Opens Today

“The Greeks,” an important new exhibit brings together the National Hellenic Museum and the Field Museum in a historic partnership.

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Greece Represented at Milwaukee’s Holiday Folk Fair International

Greece is represented at Milwaukee’s Holiday Folk Fair International.

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OXI Day: Still Important Today

OXI Day means different things to different people, but it’s lessons are still important today.

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