National Historical Museum of Greece Donates Books for Special Collection at University of New Hampshire

(From left) Mary Papoutsy, Christos Papoutsy, Ioannis K. Mazarakis-Ainian, Roula Hatzis
Athens, Greece and Portsmouth, NH—On Thursday, May 29, 2003, Christos and Mary Papoutsy, representing the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Charitable Foundation, met with the director of the National Historical Museum of Greece, Mr. Ioannis K. Mazarakis-Ainian, and Ms. Roula Hatzis, manager of the museum store. Discussions were held regarding cooperative ventures to assist programs of Modern Greek Studies at institutions of higher education as part of a greater effort to promote Hellenism in the U.S.

Mr. Mazarakis-Ainian, on behalf of the museum and the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, presented a large collection of research materials and books for distribution to a Modern Greek studies program, the Hellenic Communication Service website, and Hellenic Historical and Genealogical Association, both not-for-profit entities. Among the collection were critically acclaimed texts by noted experts and professors in Greece, as well as museum-quality slides of some of the national treasures of the museum. The donated books will become part of the Paideia of New Hampshire Special Collection at the University of New Hampshire in support of the Greek Studies programs there.

Life-size bronze equestrian statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis situated in front of National Historical Museum of Greece.

As a result of this cooperative venture, the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Charitable Foundation pledged to continue to support such internationally based endeavors. The mission of the foundation is to support worthy projects, especially those concerning Hellenism, Greek Orthodoxy, and Hellenic culture. Personal participation is the cornerstone of all CMPCF activities: “Only by participating can we ensure the health, dignity, freedom, and creativity of our society.” Among the current funds and activities of this umbrella foundation are the Foundation for the Revitalization of Vatoussa, Lesvos, the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at Southern New Hampshire University, the Professor John C. Rouman [Roumanis] Classical Lecture Series at the University of New Hampshire, the Hellenic Historical and Genealogical Society, and Hellenic Communication Service, a free news and information service.

Mr. Mazarakis-Ainian, a highly esteemed scholar and expert, is the author of a number of seminal books and articles about Greek history and culture. In addition to his prestigious position with the National Historical Museum, he is the Secretary General of the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, and the Greek representative of the European Council of History Museum, a branch of the International Association of Museums of History.

Petrobey, hero of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. Oil painting at National Historical Museum of Greece.
The museum, located on Stadiou Street near Syntagma (Constitution) Square in Athens, is housed in the first permanent home of the Greek Parliament where members convened from 1875 to 1935. Belonging to the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece (HESG), its mission is to seek out, collect, and preserve “objects and written evidence which help to shed light on the history of Modern Greece.” The museum is the oldest museum of its kind, founded in 1882 by distinguished men of science, letters and the arts, like Timoleon Philimon, Nikolaos Politis, Spyridon Labros, A. R. Ragavis, Dimitrios Kambouroglou, Antonios Miliarakis, Georgios Typaldos-Kozakis, and G. Drosinis.

The museum houses permanent and temporary exhibits, publishes scholarly texts and materials, conducts educational and scientific activities, supplies materials to researchers, and carries out historical research through cooperation with similar organizations. Maintenance of the museum and the organization of its activities are just a few of the activities of the Historical and Ethnological Society; the group also operates a research library, a research laboratory, an historical archive, and an annex facility housed in the historic Lazaros Kountouriotis Mansion on Hydra.

Surrounding the central Chamber of the old Parliament are exhibition rooms whose artifacts chronicle the history of Modern Greece from the 16th to the 20th century. Each room concentrates on different facets of Neo-Hellenic history: The Fall of Constantinople 1453, the Turkish Occupation—Frankish Occupation, Preparation for

Bouboulina, heroine of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. Oil painting at National Historical Museum of Greece.
the Revolution, Revolution of 1821, Struggle on the Mainland, Teachers of the Nation—Philhellenism, Struggle at Sea, Kapodistrias—King Otto, King George I, Balkan Wars 1912-1913—Asia Minor Campaign 1919-1922, The 1940 War, Greek Popular Culture, Memorabilia of the Royal Court, Memorabilia of Everyday Life of the Period of King Otto. In addition to the permanent exhibits there is an extensive Ethnographic Collection of traditional regional costumes, jewelry, embroidery, and textiles.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm. There is a nominal admission fee on weekdays and Saturdays (3 Euros), with reduced entry for students. On Sundays admission is free. Viewers may request additional information from the museum directly: National Historical Museum, Old Parliament Building, Stadiou Street, 105 61 Athens, Greece; (tel.) +30-210-32.37.617 or (fax) +30-210-32.13.786; email The Hellenic Ministry of Culture maintains webpages for the museum at The Foundation for the Hellenic World also offers webpage space to the museum and society, permitting visitors to take a virtual reality tour of the museum at
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