Special Exhibits

Directed by Dr. Tom Papademetriou (Stockton University) and Dr. Nicholas Ganson (Hellenic College).  Created in partnership between the Maliotis Cultural Center and the Dean C. and Zoë S. Pappas Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies of Stockton University in New Jersey and hosted in part by the St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine.

This unique Exhibit, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821, explores the common themes binding Greece and the United States. It serves as a dual-lens, allowing viewers to see the Greek revolutionary events and their significance through the writings and actions of Americans who supported and fought in the war. This modified physical exhibit is made up of ten-panel displays with information researched by sixteen contributing scholars from the US and Greece.

“The Greek Revolution through American Eyes” also allows viewers to consider the formation of U.S. identity in the first fifty years of the nation’s existence, as foreign policy was taking shape and slavery was leading the country to its own war. 

In conjunction with this exhibit, the St. Photios National Shrine has produced a 10-minute documentary specifically showcasing Philhellenes who aided in the Greek Revolution of 1821, titled, “Hail, Oh Hail, Liberty! A Bicentennial Celebration of Greek Independence: 1821-2021.” 

The film, played continuously at the Shrine’s exhibit in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Greek War for Independence housed in St. Augustine, Florida, may also be viewed on the St. Photios Facebook Page @StPhotios.

Curated by Aliki Tsiarglou of the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Made Possible by a Grant from Leadership 100 and the St. Johns County Council for the Arts