The Greek Heritage Society of Southern California
The Greek Heritage Society of Southern California (GHS) has interviewed over 300 Greek immigrants and Greek Americans in Southern California. Historical photos, private footage, and folk art treasures have been catalogued for present and future projects. GHS has contributed photos to the Ellis Island Museum and continues to conduct oral histories of the Greek American community.
1985 Founded. 1986 Sponsored an historical and cultural exhibit, "Salute to the Early Pioneers", Loyola Marymount University. 1987 Produced an Historical and Cultural Exhibit at the Athenagoras Centennial Celebration in Anaheim, California. 1988 - 1992 Published Historical Calendars on Greek pioneers and their families. 1988 Sponsored a symposium "Yiorti: A Celebration of Greek Womanhood," held at UCLA. 1989 Produced a musical production "Ekdromi: A Festive Greek Outing". 1991 Established a Library Fund for the purchase of books, educational materials related to the Greek language, history and culture. 1993 Held a memorial tribute at Loyola Marymount University for Dr. Frank Desby, a noted composer specializing in Byzantine music who became nationally influential within the Greek Orthodox Church. 1995 Produced a musical production "Ekdromi: A Greek Folkloric Celebration," held at Loyola Marymount University. 2002 Created the GHS website. 2002 Premiered The Greeks of Southern California - Through the Century: The Pioneers 1900-1942 at Fox Studios, Los Angeles, California. — (more info.) 2002 Received the "Award of Excellence" from the Film Advisory Board for The Pioneers: 1900-1942. — (more info.) 2002 Produced the Historical and Folk Art Exhibit in conjunction with the 36th Biennial Clergy Laity Congress in Los Angeles, California, June 30-July 4. — (more info.) 2003 Awarded "Best Documentary" at the International Panorama of Independent Filmmakers in Thessaloniki, Greece. — (more info.) 2005 Celebrated its 20th Year Anniversary presenting a concert featuring a blend of Mediterranean and Latin American music at Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Hollywood, California. — (more info.) 2006 Began production of Part 2 of the Document Series, The Greeks of Southern California - The Promise of Tomorrow. — (more info.) 2007 Announced the FLOGA Project. — (more info.) etc. The list goes on …