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Newark’s Greek culture remembered in exhibition At The Newark Public Library
Press Release October 17, 2002

The Newark Public Library is presenting an exhibition that documents the history of the Greek community in Newark. Entitled Remembering Newark’s Greeks: An American Odyssey, the exhibition will be on view from October 21 through December 31,2002, in the lobby and the second- and third-floor galleries of the main library, which is located at 5 Washington Street. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities and The Newark Public Library are cosponsoring the exhibition, which is free and open to the public during library hours.

Peter Markos and Angelique Lampros, two Greek-American educators from Newark, curated Remembering Newark’s Greeks. They each hold a Master’s degree in humanities fields and are involved actively in Greek cultural organizations, schools and the Greek Orthodox Church. During the past three years the pair has been interviewing individuals, sending questionnaires, meeting with leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church community and Hellenic organizations nationwide, researching, collecting and documenting the materials for the exhibition. They have collaborated with other notable persons—for example, with George D. Tselos, Ph.D., Supervisory Archivist at the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island National Monument, and with Charles F. Cummings, Newark City Historian and Assistant Director for Statewide Outreach at The Newark Public Library—during their research. This exhibition is “step two” in their project, which will culminate in the publication of a book about Newark’s Greeks. The project also includes a Greek heritage endowment to preserve and expand the collection of materials and resources pertaining to the immigrant community that settled in Newark.

Remembering Newark’s Greeks encompasses more than five hundred photographs in forty glass display cases plus wall space. The exhibition’s goal is to invite public exploration of the historical and sociopolitical role of Newark’s Greek immigrant community while encouraging a general appreciation for the humanities. It examines Newark’s role in Greek immigration and chronicles the growth and achievements of Newark’s Greek communities.

The second-floor gallery features documents, photographs, maps and postcards depicting regions of emigration, clergy/liturgy, manifests, passports, ships/arrivals and Greek regional societies and Greek-American organizations, i.e., Ahepa, and G.A.P.A.

The third-floor gallery showcases businesses, family, children’s and wedding portraits, individual philanthropists, military activities and awards, Greek War Relief, American Legion-Hellenic Post #440, War Bond drives, and Newark maps.

The lobby area depicts life in Newark, New Jersey.

For more information, patrons may visit The Newark Public Library website (www.npl.org) or call Charles Cummings at (973) 733-4870.

 

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