The Craig Fahle Show

Detroit Honors Greek Traditions with Hellenic Museum and New Greektown Restaurant

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Athina Papas, owner of new Greektown restaurant Santorini Estiatorio, and Ernest Zachary, President of Detroit's Hellenic Museum of Michigan, join Craig to talk about the rich history of Greek culture and what they are both doing to keep these traditions alive and well in Detroit.

For four years, Wayne State University and a group of leaders from the Hellenic community studied the usage of vacant historic buildings in the Cultural Center of Detroit. Focus groups were held with students from the University to consider utilizing the space as a Hellenic Museum. Prior to this work, there was no formalized setting in one venue for the presentation of Hellenic Culture and its heritage of music, art, literature, history, philosophy and language. It was determined that the lack of programs, exhibits, and information was a void that could be filled so that current and future generations would have access to Hellenic culture. A final agreement was reached and a group of individuals led by one major benefactor provided the funds to purchase the historic building at 67 E. Kirby, the former Children’s Museum of Detroit, located in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood.

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