The National Hellenic Society and the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago are working collaboratively on several projects that fulfill the common mission of both organizations: to preserve Hellenic heritage in America. Projects include The Spirit of the Marathon Project and the Oral History Project.
The Spirit of the Marathon
The Spirit of the Marathon Project was developed as a traveling exhibit by the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) and sponsored by the NHS. NHS/NHM’s goal is to have the Marathon Exhibit travel to other venues where it can be showcased to mainstream audiences.
The Marathon Project highlights the historic importance of Pheidippides’ epic 26-mile run, through a journey that begins in ancient Greece and extends to modern marathon events throughout the country.
The Oral History Project is the NHM’s effort to compile, catalogue and create online versions of digitized interviews of Greek Americans available for future generations to enjoy. The NHM has unlimited capacity to store, archive and provide online public access to the interviews and stories. NHS’ contribution to this project comes from its effort to compile the Greek American story of NHS members, prominent Greek Americans and other connections with other organizations that can serve as “feeders” for interviews.