On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the declaration of independence of Greece, signed on March 25, 1821, the Museum of Art and History of Geneva (Musée d’art et d’histoire, MAH) together with the Hardt Foundation for the Study of Classical Antiquity and the Philhellenism Museum, honor the friendship of Greece and Geneva from the 19th century with the exhibitions ‘Geneva and Greece. A Friendship serving Independence’ and ‘A Taste for Antiquity. Anna et Jean-Gabriel Eynard’, October 2021 – January 2022.

The exhibitions highlight the decisive role of Ioannis Kapodistrias, and his close Swiss friends and ardent Philhellenes, Charles Pictet de Rochemont and Jean-Gabriel Eynard, in Geneva’s integration into the Swiss Confederation and in the liberation of Greece from the Ottoman yoke. The exhibitions present the support offered by Jean-Gabriel Eynard to the Greek war of independence and the relationship of the Eynard family with Greek antiquity.

The full program of the two exhibitions follows:

 

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The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Robert Menendez, visited Greece from August 26 to 27, 2021, and Cyprus, on August 30, 2021. He met the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the President of Cyprus, Νikos Anastasiadis.

Senator Menendez has always been a staunch supporter of Greece. In 2019, together with Marco Antonio Rubio, an American senator and lawyer, he launched the ‘East Med Act’ initiative, strengthening the US cooperation with credible partners in the Eastern Mediterranean, such as Greece, Cyprus and Israel. In June 2021, R. Menendez filed a proposal for the bill ‘U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act 2021’ (‘American-Greek defense and interparliamentary cooperation’) to strengthen the Greek-US defense cooperation.

His meeting with the state and government leaders of the two countries deepened the strategic Greek-American relations, sealed the Greek-US defense cooperation, highlighted Greece as a pillar of peace in the Eastern Mediterranean and stressed out that the USA must remain committed to the security and the prosperity of Greece.

The Municipality of Athens awarded the American senator the Medal of the City of Athens, and the President of the Republic, Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou awarded him the medal of the Grand Cross of the Order of Honor, with the senator stating:

‘‘It is a great pleasure for me to be here and to receive this special award. To receive it from the first woman President of the Republic. I receive it on behalf of all expatriate Greeks and Cypriots, friends of mine. During the last 30 years they were the ones who helped me and introduced me to many topics of Greek interest. The flame that enkindled in ancient Greece, in the Athenian democracy, is a flame that is worth fighting to keep alive. This applies to both countries’’, he noted. ‘I received many awards and medals in my career; however, I will honor your award forever’’.

Senator Menendez was honored in Nicosia, Cyprus with the Grand Cross of the Order of Makarios III, by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, for his important contribution to the promotion of human rights, the rule of law and democracy. The award took place during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace, which was attended by the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, the Speaker of Parliament, Annita Dimitriou, the current and former members of the Council of Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, government officials and party officials, among others.

Mr. Menendez referred to his goal “to see the last Turkish soldier leaving Cyprus”. Finally, he suggested the restoration of the human rights and freedoms of the Cypriots, through the resolution of the “Cyprus” issue, on the basis of UN resolutions and the principles of the European Union.

 

 

We present to you the renewed board game from the collection of the Philhellenism Museum It is a game that traces its roots to ancient Greece, and the feats of Theseus, who crosses the galleries of the labyrinth in search of self-knowledge and triumph. This game has been played in Europe since the 16th century. In the 19th century it conquered the Philhellenic circles and the edition of the time symbolizes the liberation struggle of the Greeks in 1821.

The board of the game is a copy of the one Philhellenes used to play in the 19th century.

The pawns of the game are small busts of Lord Byron in 4 colors.

For more information please visit our Art Shop:
https://phmus.org/en/product/the-goose-game/

 

Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)

A restless and creative spirit, inspired by the values of Hellenic culture, in the early 19th century directs literature and intellectual life into new paths. He impresses with his poetic work, identifies with the Romantic Movement, is admired and worshipped internationally. Like Theseus and Odysseus, he sometimes succumbs to his weaknesses and sometimes faces them down, all the while on the look-out for a noble goal that will redeem him. Finally he transforms himself into a political and military being and identifies with the cause of the Greek revolution. His death in Missolonghi in 1824 shocked international public opinion, gave an explosive dimension to the international philhellenic movement, and turned the cause of Greece’s independence into a just vindication for his loss.

 

 

 

The ceremony will take place on July 7, 2021, at 19.00, at the Museum of Philhellenism.

The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP – www.eefshp.org) organizes an opening ceremony of the Philhellenism Museum (www.phmus.org).

On the opening day, a ceremony will take place during which the SHP and the Philhellenism Museum will award the Lord Byron medal and an honorary diploma to 15 descendants of important Philhellenes who supported Greece during the Greek Revolution.

  • From France: Charles Nicolas Fabvier, Pasquale Gambini, Jean-François Maxime Raybaud, Olivier Voutier
  • From Germany: Wilhelm Bellier de Launoy , Heinrich Treiber
  • From Switzerland: Jean-Gabriel Eynard, Henri Fornèsy
  • From USA: Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, Julia Ward Howe
  • From Italy: Giuseppe Chiappe, Michele Gramsi
  • From the United Kingdom: Frank Abney Hastings

Attached you will find an appendix with short biographical notes of these Philhellenes.

We will also honour four representatives of the academic community from Spain, Poland and the United Kingdom and a diplomat from Belgium, who researched different aspects of Philhellenism and helped record the biographies of Philhellenes:

  • William St Clair
  • Theo Dirix
  • Maria Kalinowska
  • Eva Latorre
  • Gosciwit Malinowski

The ceremony will be attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Dendias (SHP´s actions are under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the Minister of Culture Ms. Mendoni, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Vlassis, the Regional Governor of Attica Mr. Patoulis, the Secretary General of the Academy of Athens Mr. Zerefos, the Ambassadors of the USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Poland, as well as Representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, etc.

You may follow the event from the following link:

For Info:
Email: info@eefshp.org, info@phmus.org
Tel. +30.210.8094750

 

 

During the summer, the Museum receives groups of visitors from schools in Greece and internationally. According to the current restrictive measures due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Museum premises can only accommodate 50 people at a time.

Therefore, those who are interested in visiting the Philhellenism Museum, must notify it the latest the day before their visit, by sending an email (info@phmus.org), or by sending an SMS (+30.6974750361), or by phone (+30.210 .8094750).

 

Visiting hours (a notice the day before the visit is required)

Wednesday – Thursday – Friday – Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
Monday – Tuesday: closed

 

 

 

On March 25, 2021, Hellenes and Philhellenes “Steering Committee” in coordination with the Pontian Society ‘Panagia Soumela’ of Boston hosted an important event.

A ceremony was held on the historic warship USS Constitution “Old Ironsides” in Boston, MA to commemorate the 200-year Anniversary of the Greek Independence and the philhellenic movement in the United States at the time.

The USS Constitution was in the Mediterranean Sea during the years of the Greek Revolution, as well as in the Aegean Sea, where it escorted safely to port merchant vessels delivering humanitarian aid to the Greek people. The aid was sent from the good citizens of the United States. The role of the USS Constitution as part of the Mediterranean Squadron was to keep the sea lanes open to merchant shipping.

Greece and Cyprus’ national anthem Ὕμνος εἰς τὴν Ἐλευθερίαν – Hymn to Liberty” consists of 158 stanzas. Written by Dionysios Solomos in 1823, Stanza 22 honors the Philhellenic movement in America at the time of Greece’s War of Independence:

Stanza 22:

Γκαρδιακὰ χαροποιήθη
καὶ τοῦ Βάσιγκτον ἡ γῆ
καὶ τὰ σίδερα ἐνθυμήθη
ποῦ τὴν ἔδεναν κι αὐτή.

Wholeheartedly joyful
Was also Washington’s land
And the shackles that bound her
She remembered firsthand.

This event paid tribute to the Americans that honored and sacrificed for the freedom of people of common values and heritage. USS Constitution Commander John Benda gave the opening remarks. A USSC color guard presented the colors.

The event closed with a speech by the descendant of the Greek Revolution orphan George Sirian, who was rescued the ship USS Constitution, and transported to the USA as a refugee.

The national anthems of the United States and Greece were sung by Ms. Panayota Haloulakou.

Speakers included:

Geoffrey R. Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic
United States Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland
United States Congressman Gus Bilirakis of Florida
Mr. Stratos Efthymiou, Consul General of Greece in Boston
Mr. Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts
Ms. Anne Rand, President & Chief Executive Officer of the USS Constitution Museum
Mr. Hans Charles, Consul General of Haiti in Boston
Mr. João Pedro Fins do Lago, Consul General of Portugal in Boston
Ambassador Meron Reuben, Consul General of Israel in Boston
Ms. Gillian Kellogg, Descendant of the great Philhellene, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe
Mr. Constantinos Velentzas, Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism, Athens, Greece
Prof. Emmanuel E. (Manolis) Paraschos, Professor Emeritus at Emerson College
Dr. Jeanne McDougall, great-great granddaughter of George Sirian

 

Tenth medal: The Swedish-Finnish Philhellene August Maximilian Myhrberg

 

 

After the first quadrilingual and luxurious anniversary edition related to the Philhellenism, we present an impressive collection of medals depicting 10 emblematic Philhellenes and 20 Greeks who contributed to the liberation of Greece.

Side A (recto) of the medal presents the emblem of the Friendly Society (Filiki Etairia), which organized the Greek Revolution, based on the values ​​of Hellenism and Philhellenism. Side B (verso) presents the figure of an important Philhellene or Greek actor of the Greek Revolution. The design and implementation of the medals is a product of the work of the Greek creator Mr. Thanassis Dovas, in collaboration with SHP and the Museum of Philhellenism.

The medals have a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 3.5 mm. They are offered in bronze, brass and silver, and are available individually (in a package of one medal) or in a case of ten.

Medal price (bronze or brass): 49 Euro.
Medal price (silver 925): 99 Euro.

For orders:
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org

 

Ninth medal: Ο Ludwig I, King of Bavaria

 

 

After the first quadrilingual and luxurious anniversary edition related to the Philhellenism, we present an impressive collection of medals depicting 10 emblematic Philhellenes and 20 Greeks who contributed to the liberation of Greece.

Side A (recto) of the medal presents the emblem of the Friendly Society (Filiki Etairia), which organized the Greek Revolution, based on the values ​​of Hellenism and Philhellenism. Side B (verso) presents the figure of an important Philhellene or Greek actor of the Greek Revolution. The design and implementation of the medals is a product of the work of the Greek creator Mr. Thanassis Dovas, in collaboration with SHP and the Museum of Philhellenism.

The medals have a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 3.5 mm. They are offered in bronze, brass and silver, and are available individually (in a package of one medal) or in a case of ten.

Medal price (bronze or brass): 49 Euro.
Medal price (silver 925): 99 Euro.

For orders:
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org

 

Painting depicting Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)
(dimensions 21 cm x 29,7 cm without the margins).

 

 

SHP and the Philhellenism Museum present a series of reproductions of emblematic paintings of the Museum’s collection. The copies are of excellent quality and are printed on canvas.

Price: 14 Euros

For orders:
Code: ASP3
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org

 

Eighth medal: The British Philhellene Frank Abney Hastings

 

 

After the first quadrilingual and luxurious anniversary edition related to the Philhellenism, we present an impressive collection of medals depicting 10 emblematic Philhellenes and 20 Greeks who contributed to the liberation of Greece.

Side A (recto) of the medal presents the emblem of the Friendly Society (Filiki Etairia), which organized the Greek Revolution, based on the values ​​of Hellenism and Philhellenism. Side B (verso) presents the figure of an important Philhellene or Greek actor of the Greek Revolution. The design and implementation of the medals is a product of the work of the Greek creator Mr. Thanassis Dovas, in collaboration with SHP and the Museum of Philhellenism.

The medals have a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 3.5 mm. They are offered in bronze, brass and silver, and are available individually (in a package of one medal) or in a case of ten.

Medal price (bronze or brass): 49 Euro.
Medal price (silver 925): 99 Euro.

For orders:
Tel: 6974750361
email: info@eefshp.org