Greek Canadian History Project’s exhibition examines Greek immigration in Toronto
Greek Canadian History Project
Staff photo/GEORGIA BALOGIANNIS
Thomas Noitsis, right, and his son Timothy take a look into Toronto's Greek past during the Greek Canadian History Project's exhibition: Memory and Migration: A History of Greek Immigrants in Toronto, 1864-2014 on Monday evening. The display of history kicked off the start of Greek Heritage Week in the city. The photo features children wearing traditional Greek dress in March 1941, which originally appeared in the Toronto Telegram.
Toronto’s Greek community can learn more about its history in the city at an exhibition taking place this week.
The Greek Canadian History Project’s (GCHP) exhibition Memory and Migration: A History of Greek Immigrants in Toronto, 1864-2014 is now on display at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. in the Rotunda.
The exhibition continues tonight until 9 p.m. and Friday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A celebration to kick off Greek Heritage Week in Toronto took place on Monday at city hall attracting more than 150 people.
The exhibit, which celebrates 150 years of Greeks in Toronto, includes photographs documenting the community’s Independence Day parade, a massive Greek Orthodox Easter service at Maple Leaf Gardens from 1960, the opening of the city’s first Greek Orthodox Church and an image of Toronto’s first documented Greek immigrant – Dr. Petros Constantinidis – who arrived in the city in 1864 and became one of Toronto’s first operating surgeons.
The historical display also includes newspaper clippings, books, documents and brochures. This display is the culmination of a decades’ long collection belonging to Greek Torontonian Michael Mouratidis. Also part of the display are photos from the GCHP’s Toronto Telegram collection.
Co-founded by Dr. Sakis Gekas, Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History at York University and Christopher Grafos, PhD candidate in history, the GCHP’s collection of artifacts is housed at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University.
To learn more about the GCHP or to donate to the collection visit its Facebook page at tiny.cc/ms0wfx for details.