An Evening of Music, Dancing, and Festivities to Benefit the National Hellenic Museum
The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) hosted its spectacular 2017 Gala on Saturday, May 13th in the magnificent Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. This year’s Gala, themed “Stories of Our Journey”, celebrated the diverse stories of the Greek American experience -- the history that NHM collects, preserves, and shares every day of the year. Under a dome of twinkling lights, and surrounded by the magnificent Chicago skyline, over 650 Greek Americans gathered with their friends and family to celebrate their heritage and give to the Museum in the spirit of philanthropy.
Greek American Chicago sportscaster Lou Canellis served as Master of Ceremonies and began the evening by sharing how he had been inspired by his Greek heritage. Governor Bruce Rauner paid tribute to the contributions of Greek Americans to culture and society. NHM Board Chairman John P. Calamos, Sr. and NHM President Dr. Laura Calamos then spoke about how the Museum inspires and educates many generations of Americans through the NHM’s exhibits, classes, and programs. This year’s event also featured both silent and live auctions to benefit the NHM and its educational mission. After dinner, Greece's Elli Kokkinou and Christos Menidiatis brought the crowd to their feet as the gala audience danced into the night Όλοι μαζί (All together).
The National Hellenic Society (NHS) and National Hellenic Museum (NHM) programmatic collaboration on the traveling exhibit, The Spirit of the Marathon, was showcased at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church’s annual festival from September 16-18, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. The exhibit traces the history and impact of Marathon from its ancient roots, when the Greek herald, Pheiddippides, after a grueling 26.2 mile run, proclaimed victory over the Persians; defeat would have been an end to Athenian democracy and would have changed history.
The National Hellenic Society (NHS) and National Hellenic Museum (NHM) programmatic collaboration on the traveling exhibit, “The Spirit of the Marathon” was showcased at the prestigious Museum of Science in Boston in celebration of the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. The Exhibit traces the history and impact of Marathon from its ancient roots, when the Greek herald, Pheiddippides, after a grueling 26.2 mile run, proclaimed victory over the Persians: defeat would have been an end to Athenian democracy and would have changed history.
The National Hellenic Museum and the National Hellenic Society hosted renowned author and journalist Nicholas Gage, in a fascinating and moving presentation, “A Writer’s Odyssey.”
More than one hundred guests heard Gage review his life’s experiences as a Greek immigrant, as well as a journalist, investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press.
NHS Chicago regularly holds meetings and events at and in collaboration with the National Hellenic Museum. Most recently, a reception was hosted in honor of the Museum’s Ambrosia Ball and the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA).
National Hellenic Museum Trustees and NHS Board Members and Advisors Gather for Joint Dinner and Discussion on Further Collaboration
Chicago - May 10, 2013 – The Boards of the National Hellenic Society (NHS) and the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) held a reception and dinner at the five-star CityGate Grille where hosts John and Mae Calamos welcomed NHS and NHM Board members and guests. The dinner was held by NHS, a sponsor of several National Hellenic Museum programs, including the NHM’s Spirit of Marathon exhibit and Homer Project. The Marathon exhibit celebrates the ancient race from its roots to modern day. NHS will bring the Marathon exhibit to next year’s Boston Marathon as a symbol of NHS’ commitment and support of the shared values we treasure. The Homer Project is a permanent archive of the Greek American experience as told through the recorded interviews of Greek Americans.
WASHINGTON (October 15, 2012) — Spirit of Marathon: From Pheidippides to Today, a traveling exhibition showcasing the origins, history and culture of the marathon in the context of the modern world sponsored by the National Hellenic Society (NHS) opened October 4, 2012 at the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) in Chicago.
WASHINGTON (April 25, 2012) — National Hellenic Society (NHS) and National Hellenic Museum (NHM) officials are pleased to announce their continued collaboration on the Homer Oral History Project. The collaboration is aimed to build upon the NHM’s existing oral history collection while making it more accessible to museum visitors and researchers. NHS has been a supporter of the Homer Project for the past two years and is providing a $6,000 grant to assist funding its next phase.
NHS, National Hellenic Museum Collaborate on Marathon Project Bringing the Marathon Spirit to Larger Audiences
WASHINGTON (March 19, 2012) — The National Hellenic Society (NHS) and the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) are pleased to announce their continued collaboration by developing Spirit of Marathon: From Pheidippides to Today, a traveling exhibition showcasing the origins, history and culture of the marathon in the context of the modern world. The exhibit is slated to be featured at the nation’s Marathon venues, including Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.