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.