Golden equaline cross medal attached to a red, white and blue ribbon. The plaque in the center of the medal reads "United Greek Orthodox Churches. Chicago, 1910-1960, Fifty Years of Christian Service. Annunciation, St. Demetrios." On the back of the medal "Judge James Chelos, Trustee" is engraved.
The Annunciation Cathedral of Chicago was established in 1892 by a group of people who had emigrated from Laconia and some of the Greek Islands. The community first rented a hall on Randolph near Union Street and asked the Holy Synod of Athens for a priest. Fr. Panagiotis of Ithaca was signed as the first priest and in March of 1892 the first Divine Liturgy was celebrated. -
1910 saw the completion of the Cathedral at an estimated cost of $100,000. It was modeled after a Cathedral in Athens and today stands as the oldest surviving building in Chicago constructed as a Byzantine church.
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Medal, 1960, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/10548. Accessed 02/25/21.