Honoring the Future
by Preserving Our Past

The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum (HACCM) is the leading 501(c)(3) museum and cultural center of its kind in the Western United States. It is located on the second floor of the Fr Elias Stephanopoulos Center.

HACCM was created to:

  • Gather, preserve and share the Hellenic (Greek) American experience in Oregon and SW Washington
  • Celebrate the rich cultural tradition brought to this region by Hellenes
  • Honor the activities and accomplishments of Hellenic Americans.

News

April 21, 2020
HACCM hires Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum of Oregon and SW Washington is pleased to announce the appointment of Brandon Baker as the organization’s first Executive Director. The position is funded by a capacity-building grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, Washington.

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March 15, 2020
Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum is temporarily closed due to COVID pandemic

HACCM  is closed effective March 15 until further notice in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19. The gallery is closed and all public programs and events are canceled until further notice. HACCM may be closed to the public, but staff and volunteers are busy working from home, doing research and preparing for new exhibits and programs, and finding ways to improve our operations and fulfill our mission.

Exhibit Now Online: Vases and Verses

Visit our online Vases and Verses exhibit and experience the theater and literature of ancient Greece! Learn about masks, costumes, and the role of the chorus. View the renowned Epidaurus theater and learn how the sanctuary led to the building of the theater.

     

Current and Upcoming Events


November 21, 2020 When: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Yvette Jarvis Interview

Photo of former Athens City Councilwoman Yvette Jarvis

Yvette Jarvis

HACCM in conversation with Yvette Jarvis

November 21, 11:00 am PT

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The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum of Oregon and SW Washington presents an online interview with former Athens city councilwoman Yvette Jarvis. Ms. Jarvis will be in conversation with Stacey Gianopoulos about her experience of immigrating to Greece in the 1980’s from the United States.

This interview, presented via Zoom free-of-charge, is part of HACCM’s fall programming focusing on immigration, migration, and life in the adopted country.

About Yvette Jarvis

Yvette Jarvis: born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and matured like fine wine in Athens, Greece!

Fomer Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz summed it up, “only in Brooklyn” will you find a story like hers! From the streets of RedHook to City Hall in Athens Greece, Yvette is a woman of many firsts.

Yvette is the First Brooklynite elected to political office in a foreign country.
The first African American elected to the Athens City Council.
The first salaried female athlete to play in the Greek League.
The first Black American to host a television show in Greece.
The first Black American to speak Greek in a national television ad campaign.

A basketball player, model, singer, TV host and City Councilwoman, Yvette strove to always combine civic action, volunteerism and social justice with her acquired fame by advocating for women’s rights, rights of disabled people and immigrants rights.

Always aware of the importance of the weight of being the best example of a good American, in addition to in many cases a first introduction to Greece’s nascent society to Black America, she immersed herself into Greek life and culture with reverence and respect.

Yvette repatriated to the United States in 2012 with her husband John Muller and their son John Jacob Muller.

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