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On May 28, the Pythagoras Children’s Academy from Elmhurst, Illinois visited the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago, which the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Metropolis of Chicago facilitated. In addition, the Hellenic Foundation, a multi-faceted social services provider and resource for an even broader range of people and programs within Chicago’s Greek and Pan-Orthodox communities, paid for transportation, and an anonymous donor paid the museum entrance fees. 

“It’s hard to put into words what an enriching experience it was for the kids, and we greatly appreciate your generosity in taking the time to connect us to the museum and for funding our admission fees,” said Eugenia Angelopoulos, principal at Pythagoras Children’s Academy. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Students and staff from Pythagoras Children’s Academy were welcomed by the National Hellenic Museum’s Executive Director Marianne Kountoures, Education Manager Elena Kountoures-Nowak, and Director of Research and Content Katie Kelaidis, before being divided into groups by grade level and participating in activities on both museum floors. 

As part of the tour, one of the groups of students viewed the “Legacy, Renewal & Unity: Celebrating 100 Years of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America” exhibit and the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate: Protecting the Future of Faith” exhibit. The tour concluded with a discussion on the interactive Olive Tree installation.

For more information about the museum and the exhibit, visit