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Greeks in Phoenix

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A years-long, painstaking effort by the Historical Committee of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Phoenix, in partnership with the Arizona Historical Foundation, has yielded a 100-page-plus book documenting the early settlers of Greek ancestry in central Arizona.

Greeks in Phoenix, with more than 200 archival photographs, begins in 1908 with the arrival of two brothers in what was still the Arizona Territory, Charles Sanichas and Chris Sanichas. Charles opened a fruit and confectionary store in downtown Phoenix at 44 W.. Washington St., while Chris established the Sanichas Confectionary Store at 320 E. Van Buren St. By 1912, the year of Arizona statehood, there were nine Greek-American families in the capital city, including the five brothers of the Georgouses family. As more families migrated directly or indirectly from Greece to the Valley of the Sun, and bringing with them their Greek Orthodox faith, articles of incorporation were signed in 1923 to establish a new nonprofit organization, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. From humble beginnings in the early 1900s, the legacy of the area's industrious Greek pioneers lives on today through four Greek Orthodox Church communities in the Valley.

The first copy of Greeks in Phoenix was presented to Fr. James T. Paris, dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, by Bessie Hotis, a member of the Holy Trinity Historical Committee. "A remarkable achievement," said Father Jim. "Greeks in Phoenix is a proud testimony to the grit, energy, creativity and determination that exemplifies the love of life, devotion to family and duty to country that is the Hellenic-American experience."

The Greeks in Phoenix volume would not have been possible without the resources and people of Arcadia Publishing, the lead ing local history publisher in the United States. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, Arcadia has more than 4,000 titles in print, all chronicling American communities and the people of many ethnic origins who inhabit them.

Book Availability

Greeks in Phoenix by the Holy Trinity Greek Historical Committee is available for $19.99 at the Holy Trinity community center on Sundays during the coffee social following the Divine Liturgy, and through other outlets.

Telephone orders for the book may also be made by calling Historical Committee member E. Kimmell at (602) 952-9400.

All net proceeds will go toward completing the historical room in the brand new Education and Cultural Center at Holy Trinity.

Research Archive

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral has established a research archive and museum to preserve and celebrate Greek history in Phoenix, now the nation's fifth largest city.

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