NHS Boston Chapter was pleased to have members & friends meet the amazing team of the Benaki Museum at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The Benaki Museum was donated to the Greek nation in 1930 and was inaugurated in April 1931. Over the years it has emerged as one of the most innovative cultural foundations in Europe and has stood as a beacon for the Greek diaspora, to which its founder, Antonis Benakis, belonged. The Museum's extensive collections of Greek and world art are constantly enriched and since the 1990s they are being re-housed in a network of ten buildings around Athens and beyond. The Benaki Museum team will deploy the range of activities and collections offered to the public, will explain how the Museum braved the Greek crisis through rational management and visionary approaches and will present the major 2021 exhibition organized to celebrate the Greek Revolution bicentenary. Guests at the event enjoyed learning about the history of the Benaki Museum and a reception following the event. Visit nationalhellenicsociety.org to find out about benefits the Benaki Museum has generously offered NHS members!
This past Wednesday, February 27th, the NHS Boston Chapter got together for a meet and greet networking mixer for NHS members, Heritage Greece/Heritage America Alumni and friends. The mixer took place at the Harpoon Brewery and was a well attended event. A great kickoff to a year of celebrations for NHS's 10th Anniversary of the Heritage Greece Program®.
BOSTON - The Inaugural 2018 Heritage America Boston Program, sponsored by the National Hellenic Society, hosted 6 accomplished Greek-American students from across the country on August 11th in Boston, MA for an Athens of America Tour.
This unique and proprietary program reconnects high school-aged Greek-American students with their roots, heritage, culture, and Hellenic identity through the prism of the American experience. Throughout the day, students met with prominent Greek-Americans; toured the Greek and Roman Art Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts; learned about the Greek revival influence and the impact of the first Greek's in Boston. Students were led in discussion by Professor Emeritus, Emmanuel "Manny" Paraschos, of Emerson College and accompanied by Heritage Greece Alums Elena Jacobson and Dimitria Yeannakopoulos.
NHS Boston co-hosted with the New England region of Hellenic American Woman's Council (HAWC) on the topic of Greek wines and spirits. The inaugural presenter and speaker was Effie Panagopoulos, who was the first Greek woman in history to self-start a liquor brand. With KLEOS Mastiha spirit, she has created Greece's first luxury spirit brand, with her eyes set on creating the "new" Metaxa, and having a bottle of KLEOS on every bar. Effie spoke about her upbringing, experience in the Greek spirits industry and the reason why she decided to try this venture on her own.
NHS Chairman Drake G. Behrakis donated a museum travel kit from the Museum of Cycladic Art to Stratos Efthymiou, Greek Consulate General in Boston. The kit covers the subject of Cycladic culture and contains audiovisual and printed materials, as well as copies of representative works from the Museum of Cycladic Art collection. This includes marble vessels and figurines. It enables young children to get hands-on acquainted with the Cycladic civilization, as well as for archaeology college majors to expand their understanding and research efforts.
Celebrity chef and author Diane Kochilas is back for a special NHS tour to celebrate her PBS 13-part series, My Greek Table. The series is also co-sponsored by the National Hellenic Society.
Diane was the featured guest at four NHS chapter-hosted events along with NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos in Boston, MA at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hosted by NHS Chairman Drake Behrakis; Philadelphia, PA at Estia Restaurant hosted by Estia’s Stacy Pashalis and NHS member John Vasiliou; New York, NY, hosted by Kellari Taverna; and Washington, DC, hosted by Kellari Taverna DC. Diane talked about her My Greek Table journey, and guests also got to watch clips from the series while sampling wine and cheese!
My Greek Table is now available to watch online at http://www.pbs.org/show/my-greek-table/. Enjoy!
NHS Boston came together for a summer get together at Committee Restaurant with members, prospective members, and Heritage Greece Program alumni. It was a lovely evening geared toward mentoring and networking with the Heritage Greece alumni.
Dr. Robert Green is a medical geneticist and physician-scientist directs the G2p Research Program in translational genomics and health outcomes in the Division of Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Broad Institute, and Harvard Medical School. His talk at Strega Waterfront Boston included intriguing information on the application of genetic research and knowledge that will benefit our health. The reception had a great mix of NHS members, Heritage Greece alumni, and guests, including NHS friends and partner organizations (American College of Greece, Alpha Omega, Benaki Museum, Boston University).
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.
NHS Boston Co-Chairs are working with the Alpha Omega Council to organize joint programs. Plans also are underway to bring the National Hellenic Museum’s “Spirit of the Marathon” exhibit to Boston.