Photo Exhibit about the Greek Immigrants in Brooklyn
The GreekMuseum, the Center for Greek American Heritage, was invited to present an exhibit of the immigrant story at the reception held by The Greek School of Plato, in Brooklyn, New York.
This group presented, in Greek, the exceptional play
The Brides”, “Nyfes”, at the Fort Hamilton Army Base Theatre inBrooklyn.
The exhibit included thirty photographs about the immigrants, taken from the museum’s vast collection of photographs. In addition, informative information and their newsletter was distributed. There was an good response to the display, with many questions from those in attendance about the work underway to establish the museum in the metropolitan area.
Once again, this was an excellent opportunity to tell the public about the museum to encourage support of the work ahead.
THE YEAR OF CHALLENGES
This past year has been filled with challenges in positioning The Greek Museum, The Center for Greek American Heritage, onto a positive tract towards moving forward.
Despite the support of many within our network of members and friends, we still find ourselves unable to secure a location to open a “bricks and mortar” museum. This means that we do not have a location (yet), despite searching, tracking down leads, and meeting with various individuals to analyze the viability of a building or rental space. In addition, we do not have sufficient funds to secure a suitable, affordable space.
We have been reviewing the option of putting the museum “on line”, meaning, making it a virtual museum. This would afford many to go on line, and scan through our site. We would include many of the hundreds of photographs that are in our collection. In addition, we would include displays of the various artifacts in a visual, on line, setting. We would also like to include the audio interviews that we have collected. This is certainly an innovative, new approach to presenting and preserving the history of the Greek immigrant. This option might be best suited for our goals. We feel with this kind of exposure, additional support and funding would be raised.
Another option under consideration is publishing a book to include the information we have collected as well as many of the photographs. The problem here is the reality that hardcover books and even magazines are being subjected to the competition of “on line” publishing, and here again, the cost, distribution and marketing of a book raises many questions. Nevertheless, publishing a book is another way of preserving the history of our Greek roots here, and is still under serious consideration.
There is no doubt in the minds of our Board and the founders that the need to establish a Greek immigrant museum in this area is still of paramount importance. And so, the question remains how best to accomplish this objective.
With that thought in mind, this appeal comes to you, our supporters, with a request.
We would like to hear from you as to your thoughts on this subject.. What do YOU think is the best way to proceed?
Continue to search for a rental space/building?
Create an “On line” museum
Publish a Book
None of the above:
Our request is serious, so we hope that you will take a moment to reply.
Either send us a mailed response to our address: PO Boxl863, Grand Central Station, NYC l0065, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you, in advance, for your continuted interest and support.
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The Greek Museum -
The Center for Greek American Heritatge
Grand Central station
PO Box 1863
New York, NY 10163
Phone: 516 868-4092
The museum is one "in the making".
The museum is not open yet because we are searching to find a suitable location within the New York metropolitan area. More on that to follow!
We present rotating exhibits at various locations thorughout the city. Check back with the site to learn about our next presentation..