Media Advisory for tonight, 6 pm: 3 West Club, 3 West 51 Street, NYC
Media RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org
--Introducing Access to the National Library of Greece, the Archives of the Hellenic Republic, the Library of the Greek Parliament and Ellis Island Materials--
The expansion of the Hellenic-American Oral History Project into the
Hellenic-American Project @ Queens College, which will now provide
researchers and the public with access to National Library of Greece,
the Archives of the Hellenic Republic, the Library of the Greek
Parliament and up to 30 Ellis Island oral history interviews with Greek
immigrants, as well as books, letters, photographs, diaries,
journalsand magazines documenting the Greek American experience.
Hosted by the East Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance (EMBCA,
Speakers include: The Honorable Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of
Greece; Dr. Nicholas Alexiou, Founder and Director, the Hellenic
American Oral History Project/Hellenic American Project @ Queens
College, and Queens College Sociology Professor; George Tselos,
Supervisory Archivist and Head of Reference Services of the Statue of
Liberty and Ellis Island on Ellis Island and its Records; and Alexander
Kitroeff, History Professor Haverford College. Event Host: Lou Katsos,
President EMBCA/President AHI New York/Director of Hellenism AHEPA
Background: Located near the nation’s largest Greek community in Astoria, New York, Queens College, with its 1,500 students of Greek ancestry—more than any other American university—and its center for Byzantine and Modern Greek studies, is the ideal place to host the newly expanded Hellenic American project. The Hellenic-American Oral History Project, launched in 2013, is currently a resource website that seeks to provide a groundbreaking perspective on the Greek-American experience in New York through first-hand accounts of immigrants who arrived in the second mass wave between the 1960s and 1980s. It currently features 30 oral history interviews in English and Greek; data drawn from the U.S. Census and other surveys; maps that reflect changing Greek immigrant settlement patterns; demographics; and an historical overview of Greek immigration.
The East Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance (EMBCA, Inc.) was established in New York by professionals and scholars, from various backgrounds and expertise, to organize and promote the professional and educational interests of East Mediterranean Americans.