Object ID
1999.15.15
Object Name
Necklace
Object Entities
Masters, Peter (is related to)
Object Description
On a necklace of blue velvet, slightly worn, are the jewels a series of 14 silver rectangular forms with a five point star, with an additional 2 clouded ovals with 8 pointed stars. Silver rectangles and ovals are joined to one another by three chain links at the top and the bottom of each rectangle/oval, on both sides. Hanging from below one of the clouded ovals is a metal, colored AHEPA emblem embossed. The cross is colored blue, while the olive branch at the bottom is colored green. Attached is the insignia of each office. In this case, a bible page for the chaplain.
Origin
The blue velvet of the necklace indicates that these are chapter jewels. They specify the chapter office. Other colors are red, for District level, and purple, for National Office. The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community.
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Citation
Necklace, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9876. Accessed 10/25/21.