Not all art is painted within a frame or stands on a pedestal. Some of the richest art is left to us as relics of a civilization and its culture. Because of the pace of life in the 21st century, and the emphasis on sleek design and technology, the simplest objects that our grandparents took for granted have become collectible.
More unique to our Greek American culture are the utensils and textiles fashioned in Greece two and three generations ago that characterize the craftsmanship of its time. It is this craftsmanship we must commit ourselves to preserve. To the trained eye it represents an aesthetic that stems back to classical times. To the casual observer it illustrates a way of embellishing functional objects with design inspired by nature full of color and pattern.
The Hellenic Heritage Museum houses and displays artifacts that represent the contributions of Hellenism to the American experience. These artifacts develop public awareness through interactive exhibitions, lectures and symposiums. Some of the many items include: ancient and classical artifacts; early Christian, liturgical and Byzantine art; lithographs, manuscripts, books, letters, photographs and maps; folk and decorative arts; textiles, in the form of linens and apparel; jewelry, coinage, toys, musical instruments, militaria, household utensils and furnishings, and early business memorabilia.
Founded in 1959, the 14,000-volume Theodore J. George Library is one of the largest and oldest parish libraries in the Archdiocese. The collection is a lending library as well as a research resource, housing books and movies for adults and children in English and Greek, as well as several in Russian and French.
The collection consists primarily of items pertaining to the Greek Orthodox faith and Greek history and culture, but we also have a large fiction section, including novels and children’s literature (for example, Swiss Family Robinson and Pinocchio in Greek).
The library collection grows by way of donations for the purchase of books in memory of or in honor of loved ones.
Sundays: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Contact Information: 410-528-0155