IHRC Collections Contribute to Greek Museum Exhibition

The Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation announces the opening on March 20 of the exhibition The Journey : The Greek American Dream at the Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas-Volos in Greece.

The exhibition focuses on Greek immigration to the United States and was created by IHRC researcher and filmmaker Maria Iliou and historian Alexander Kitroeff. The display features images from the IHRC's Greek American Collection, including the exceptional publishing materials of the Demetrios P. Callimachos Papers. Many images from that and other collections are available through COLLAGE, the IHRC's online digital images collection.

The Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP) opened the exhibition on Nov. 7, 2008, at the Museum of the Olive Oil Production-Lesvos. In March 2009, the exhibit will begin traveling to other halls in the cluster of regional museums directed by PIOP, which organizes location-specific museums emphasizing the distinct historical cultures of Greece.

The exhibition includes the award-winning documentary film of the same name produced in 2007 by Maria Iliou. The film was produced from research in more than 50 collections of Greek American materials and with interviews of prominent Greek Americans.

The documentary narrates the migration of Greeks to America from 1890 to 1980 and is subdivided into three parts: Immigrants 1890-1920, Becoming Americans 1920-1960, and The Revival of Ethnicity 1960-1980.

A Greek-language volume accompanying the exhibition is available and the documentary film in either Greek or English can be purchased in a DVD format.