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Preservation of American Hellenic History

Procedures for the Preservation of Parish Histories
36th Biennial Clergy Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Summary of the Workshops

Held on July 1 - 2, 2002, in Los Angeles, California, as a part of the 36th Clergy Laity Congress, the workshops were successful and gratifying. Here is a summary about:

Number of Workshops

Four workshops were scheduled and announced for Monday and Tuesday July 1- 2, 2002. (See the final update in PAHH before the workshops.)

Three of the four workshops took place. The fourth, originally scheduled and announced for Monday July 1, was cancelled in order to accommodate plenary sessions to prepare discussions for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in the Congress. The plenary sessions were about the proposed charter for the Archdiocese, a controversy that absorbed much necessary attention.

Attendance in the Workshops

Sixty-four cities from twenty states were represented when people signed the guestbook in our workshops. There were visitors from other locations as well, who did not sign but who did pick up our printed material. Our guestbook from the workshops shows attendance from these states:



New York
South Carolina


Those who attended the sessions asked many questions. Their attention and interest was also evident as most took notes throughout.

Contents of the Workshops


Brochures and other informational material were available to everyone who entered the area of the workshops.

The workshops' main reports were distributed in printed form to the audience.

Three Main Reports

The three main reports were discussed at significant length through audience response during the workshops. These reports have been published on-line by PAHH as linked here next. The reports' topics and presenters were:

Preservation of our Communities' Histories: Past, Present, and Future
  • Founder of the Ascension Historical Society.
  • Co-founder of PAHH.
  • Welcome:
  • About the Greek immigrant: Parish history is as much about the people as it is about the official proceedings.
  • Ascension Historical Committee's efforts.
  • Co-operative endeavors.
Parish and Community Histories: Planning an Approach for Recording Parish History
  • Founder of The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute.
  • Prosopography: Listing individual names with information.
  • Researching written sources:
    • Parish Records.
    • City Directories.
    • Newspapers.
    • Parish Activities.
    • Parish Organizations.
    • Other Organizations.
  • Collecting oral histories
  • PARISH COMMUNITY HISTORY OUTLINE: an outline to follow for a systematic approach.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Archives
  • Director of the Archives Department of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
  • Historical development.
  • Objectives.
  • Mission.
  • Archival Collections:
    • Current Projects.
    • Language(s) of Collection.
    • Finding Aids.
    • Restrictions on Access
Documentary Films

Films were shown between the sessions:

  • a feature length PBS film, The Greeks of Utah.
  • a promotional film about the Hellenic Cultural Museum of Utah.

Museum / Historical Exhibit

We should note that a museum/historical exhibit by the Greek Heritage Society of Southern California was organized independently for display during the Congress.


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