• Necklace
Necklace
Necklace
Necklace

Object ID
1999.15.20
Object Name
Necklace
Object Entities
Masters, Peter (is related to)
Object Description
AHEPA Past President Medal on blue satin ribbon. There are two pieces of ribbon, which have a pairing clip at the top of each one, in order for wearer to hook around their neck. At the conjoining part of the ribbons, there hangs a medal. The medal is gold with some coloring in specific places. At the top, there is a gold banner, which reads, in blue lettering, "Past President, No. 368". Then there are golden chain link connecting the top banner with the fraternal emblem of the Order of AHEPA. There is a large gold eagle in the middle, with a blue ribbon banner behind the eagle. On the blue banner, in gold lettering, is the word, "AHEPA". Around the edge of the medal, in a circular shape, is a green olive branch. Below the eagle is a semi-large blue cross. And hanging off of the blue cross are two, tiny, gold gavels, crossed. The symbol for a president of AHEPA.
Origin
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.
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Citation
Necklace, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9884. Accessed 02/20/24.