New Initiative and Fall 2021 Lectures

Preserving the history of Greeks of Maine:
New archive at Maine Historical Society
As each generation passes, more and more of the history of the Greeks of Maine is lost. Thus the Hellenic Society of Maine has approached the Maine Historical Society to estab-lish a Greek archive at MHS.
The archive would become a repository for the history of the community and items would be preserved and docu-mented by the Historical Society in such a way that scholars would be able to use the information for research, etc. Other-wise such documents remain at risk stored in cardboard box-es subject to water damage, mold, insects, etc. Also the his-torical value of many documents might not be recognized by later generations who inherit the estates of the elders, and possibly dispose of them.
Items in the archive can include all kinds of paper docu-ments (letters, receipts, work logs, posters, program book-lets, etc.), photos (annual picnics, March 25 events, festivals, businesses, dances, etc.), relevant clothing and fabrics, some audio/visual materials, some books, etc. All material must be related to Maine in some way and would be a permanent transfer to MHS. A staff member would select all donations that are and provide necessary forms.
A committee has formed comprised of volunteers from the four Greek parishes in the state, as well as HSoM mem-bers, to help spread the word of this initiative to appropriate groups and individuals. The committee includes John “Jack” Rozos, Georgia Chomas, John Kesaris, Stavros Nashi, Pam Pappavasiliou, Annie Antonacos, Marina Schneller, and Mary Snell. If you are interested in more information, please contact any member of the committee or msnell@maine.edu

Lecture 1: History of Holy Trinity, Lewiston, Maine
Georgia Goranites Chomas of Lewiston will present the first of a series of talks about the history of the Greek parish-es in Maine at 7 p.m. October 28 via ZOOM.
Her talk will recount the founding of the Holy Trinity Church in Lewiston including the early Greek families that settled the area and the kinds of work that they did.
A retired realtor, Georgia worked in that field for 40 years and was named Realtor of the Year. She was the first woman to be elected to the Auburn City Council, and was one of the first women to serve on the Parish Council of Holy Trinity. She is a former president of Philopto-chos, and of the Daughters of Penelope, and was chosen as Penelope of the Year in District 9.
She was the recipient of the annual Metropolitan Minis-try Award in 2008. A native of Lewiston, Georgia now lives in Poland.

Lecture 2: The Antikithera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism:
2,000 Year Old Greek Computer Revisited
More research has been done in the past decade on the fascinating artifact, the Antikythera Mechanism. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Jerry LaSala, USM Planetarium Director and Professor of Physics, will follow up on his 2010 lecture to present the latest discoveries. His lecture will be conducted via ZOOM.
The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient Greek computing device recovered from a Roman shipwreck dating back to the first century BCE. Ever since sponge divers recovered this artifact in 1901, scientists attempted to repli-cate its mechanism to understand both how it worked and the types of celestial phenomena it was designed to predict. Astronomers believe they have un-raveled the mechanism’s mysteries and are astonished at its complexity. Inside a box – 13x7x3.5 inches – were a set of bronze gears, dials, pointers, and spirals used to compute the movement of celestial bodies. It is so sophisticated, in fact, that historians and archaeologists are re-evaluating their no-tions of Ancient Greek Astronomy.
Prof. LaSala is a former chairman of the University of Southern Maine Department of Physics and of the Faculty Senate.

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