Greek American Heritage Month: Honoring the Contributions of Greek Americans to American Society

March is Greek American Heritage Month, which is a time to celebrate and honor the contributions of Greek Americans to American society. Greek Americans have made significant contributions to fields such as science, medicine, law, business, politics and entertainment, among others.

Greek American History

Greek people started coming to the United States in significant numbers in the 20th century, with the first large wave of people coming over between 1900 and 1924.

Between 1890 and 1921 421,000 Greeks came to the U.S. Most of these immigrants came from rural areas of Greece and were seeking economic opportunities in the U.S. They settled primarily in urban areas, such as New York City, Chicago and Detroit, and worked in factories, mines and other blue-collar jobs.

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