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Remembering Newark's Greeks:
An American Odyssey

October 21, 2002 - January 28, 2003
Second and Third Floor Galleries
Curated by Angelique Lampros and Peter Markos, Assisted by Charles F. Cummings
View the exhibit brochure with additional photographs and information about the Library's Greek Heritage Endowment. (pdf format)

Click the images below for a larger view.

George Lollos, President of Eureka Chapter #52, Order of Ahepa with a wreath of flowers he designed in honor of Ahepa, c. 1920’s 
Courtesy of John Lollos

The William Zois family, seated (l-r) Harry, Penny, Nick, standing (l-r) Stamatia, William (father), Chrysoula (mother), Gus and Katherine, c.1939
Courtesy of The A. Zois Family

Members of the Metsopulos and Gianaris families during an Easter celebration at their home on Bank Street (now West Market St.). All of the children shown in the photo were baptized in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. First row (l-r) Gus Matzaris (holding skewered lamb), unknown, Dimitri, Nicholas, and Eugenia Metsopulos, Tini, Martha, and Nicholas Gianaris holding Katherine. Second row (l-r) Panagiotis Kaplanes holding Helen Metsopulos, Theophanes Lemberes holding Charles Metsopulos, baby Georgia Gianaris held by unknown member and Sarantos Stathopoulos (holding skewered lamb), c. 1921
Courtesy of The Metsopulos Family

John George Bravakis assumed the responsibility of his brother, Peter George Bravakis’ five children along with his six children after his brother’s death in 1919. (Seated on stool l-r), Sophie J., Martha P., Louis J., (standing l-r) George P., Kathryn J., father and uncle John G. Bravakis (seated) with Ida P. on lap, Theodore J., Lillian P., Louis P., (Standing in back l-r) George J. and Stella J. Bravakis, c. 1920
Courtesy of Theodore J. Bravakis

Rooftop party, a frequent gathering of neighborhood friends on Ferry Street. This was possibly a matchmaking introduction of Theodore Jovanis and Katherine Katica (Katsikas). Later to become the Jovanis family. (Front row l-r) Irene Katica, unknown, unknown, Harry Katica, (seated center row l-r) two unknown guests, Constantine (father), Aphrodite (mother) and Katherine Katica (future bride), (back row standing l-r) Nick Mastakas (grandfather of the present Nick Mastakas), Theodore Jovanis (future groom), unknown, c. 1914
Courtesy of Nick Mastakas

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church celebrates St. Nicholas Day (Patron Saint’s Day) on December 6th. On December 5th eve, (l-r) Reverends Coutros, Aloupis, Zois, Condoleon, and Mamangakis from the Greek Orthodox Churches of St. George, Asbury Park, St. Nicholas and St. Demetrios, Newark and Sts. Constantine and Helen, Orange participated in the “Artoklasia” held at the end of the Vesper Service. Five loaves (symbolic of Jesus blessing the five loaves in the desert) are placed on a tray, along with wine, oil and wheat to be blessed. The “Artoklasia” (Greek term describing The Last Supper, in which Christ broke bread to give to His Holy Disciples as His own Body), also, symbolizes the early Christian practice of gathering for “meals” After receiving of the Body and Blood of Christ at the Divine Liturgy. The “bread” is used in remembrance to the church of Christ, which was spread all over the world, thus, it is spread amongst those gathered for the service, c.1950’s
Courtesy of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, “The Mother Church of New Jersey”
Explanation Courtesy of Reverend R. Nicholas Rafael II Pastor, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Newark 

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church New Street Thespians presenting a Christmas pageant at the church community center. Mr. Karandreou was the Greek School teacher who constantly produced programs involving the Greek School students for the Church and community, c. early 1930’s

A Greek School class with Mr. Karandreou (center seated), St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, New Street in Newark, New Jersey, c. early 1930’s

 

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