The history of San Francisco's Greek community is linked to the history of San Francisco. The first Greeks to arrive were sailors, miners, and laborers. By the 1880s, they had formed benevolent, civic, and fraternal organizations. In 1904, the first Greek Orthodox Church west of Chicago was established, and Third Street became the heart of the Greek community. The 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed much of their new community, but undaunted, the Greeks of San Francisco rebuilt their lives to become business leaders and politicians, contributing their entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit to the city's rich heritage.
About the Author
The Greek Historical Society of the San Francisco Bay Area is dedicated to the preservation of Greek culture and history in the San Francisco area. The organization has collected ephemera chronicling San Francisco's Greek community from its founding in the 1880s to the present day. The photographs in this volume come from private collections, the archives of the historical society, and libraries. They pay tribute to the contributions made by the first Greek immigrants and subsequent generations to the life and fabric of San Francisco.