The History of Greek Immigrants in Toronto

canada“Memory and Migration: A History of Greek Immigrants in Toronto,” an exhibition organized by the Greek Canadian History Project, took place on May 12-17 at Toronto City Hall.

The exhibition was the highlight of Greek Heritage week, celebrating 150 years of Greeks in Toronto and attracted more than 150 people.

The Greek community had the opportunity to learn more about its history in the city through 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 immigrant, Dr. Petros Constantinidis, who arrived in the city in 1864.

The historical display also included newspaper clippings, books, documents and brochures, which belong to a decades’ long collection of Greek Torontonian Michael Mouratidis.

The Greek Canadian History Project was co-founded by Dr. Sakis Gekas, Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History at York University and Christopher Grafos, PhD candidate in history. Its collection of artifacts is housed at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University.

 


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