Oral History Workshop

A collaboration between the
Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society
and the
National Hellenic Museum of Chicago

To gather information that captures the Greek immigrant experience for the intention of providing material for the HMCC archives.

The purpose of the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center (HMCC) Oral History Program is to preserve the history of the Greeks of America by interviewing and recording individuals or groups.  Those interviewed can be of Greek descent or can be spouses or friends of Greeks.  Through questionnaires, audio and video recordings, and photos of the people being interviewed, staff and volunteers of the OHFS and HMCC will capture the stories of the Greeks of America. The material (questionnaires, audio and video tapes, transcriptions of those tapes, and photos) will be deposited in the archival collection of the OHFS and HMCC.  The material may be used for any of the following purposes: research, documentaries, public presentations, and publication in books, journals, and magazines or on the Internet.

As a repository of these histories, HMCC will ensure that the accounts of the Greeks of America will never be lost.  The materials will be made available to the public when the Museum library opens at the HMCC’s permanent location on Halsted Street in the near future.  They may also be used for research, documentaries, public presentations, and publication in books, journals, magazines, or on the Internet so that generations to come will know the lives of those who preceded them.

Oral Interview Check List
Release Form Interviewee
Release Form Interviewer
Pre-visit Questionnaire
Suggested Interview Questions
List of Artifacts
Sample Thank you Letter


Napoleon Damianides

James M. Mezilson

Effie Feretos Kakavas

Katerina Robakis Kouchoukos

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