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Virtual Talk:  The Americanized Greeks of Schenectady and the Balkan Wars

October 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

It’s our first-ever virtual talk! Join us for a discussion with Peter S. Giakoumis, author of the book The Forgotten Heroes of the Balkan Wars: Greek-Americans and Philhellenes 1912-1913. Using primary sources, Giakoumis has put together a compelling narrative describing the formation of Schenectady’s successful ethnic Greek community.

Schenectady’s Greeks left for the front-lines of the Balkan conflict in 1912. The events leading up to their departure, and their decision to return to America ultimately had a significant impact on the city. The return of those veterans determined the fate of Schenectady’s Greek-American community, the culture they forged, and their impact on the city which endures to this day.

About Peter S. Giakoumis:  A historical consultant and researcher of Greek military history, Giakoumis’ main focus is the Greek-Americans of the early twentieth century. Giakoumis served as a reserve Captain, Army Division, New York Guard for six years, and he is the Vice President of Byzantine Crown Productions, a history-based production company that promotes the accurate portrayal of Hellenic culture. He holds a master’s degree in international relations, and has authored various online works includingGreek-American Pioneers & Philhellenes of the Balkan Wars of 1912-13 (2016), and The Balkan Wars of 1912-1913 and the Pioneer Greek Americans (2017).

This program is free and open to the public, though donations are greatly appreciated. You may join us on October 1st at 7pm by visiting


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October 1, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm