Cultural Flavors Festivals
This project focuses on the Greek-American community
of Warren in Trumbull County, Ohio.
The early Greeks in Warren, Ohio, arrived in waves of
largely bachelors, catering to their fellow Greeks by establishing
grocery stores, restaurants and coffee houses, shoe repair shops,
and Greek-American magazine stands.
A provisional meeting to establish a Greek-American
church was held in 1917; additional early meetings continued
through July 15, 1918, when it was concluded that the parish would
be called Saint Demetrios, to correspond with a name common to
churches throughout northern Greece. In the spring of 1920, the
former location of the Finnish Lutheran Church, then at 242 Clinton
Street, was purchased and became the Church of Warren Saint
Demetrios. A second Greek Orthodox parish in Warren was reunified
with the Church of Warren Saint Demetrios in 1927, and henceforth
there has never been another Greek Orthodox parish in Trumbull
The parish has been fervently devoted to causes
ranging from Greek War Relief during the Second World War to local
community benefits beyond the parameters of the parish itself. To
perpetuate the parish's strong faith, culture and language, there
has been both a religious and Greek school program since 1921. The
latter program remains almost unique among the area's ethnic
After extensive fundraising drives, the Warren parish
purchased a lot on High Street on May 16, 1943, and there, in July
1946, a new church edifice was launched, designed on the order of a
fifth-century basilica. In 1976, a Saint Demetrios Community Center
was built, which became the locus for a whole galaxy of
Greek-American functions, most prominent of which are the annual
summer festivals, held yearly since July 1977.
Most recently, the Warren community has been
internationally recognized as the birthplace of His Eminence
Spyridon, the first American born Archbishop of the United States,
appointed on July 30, 1996. He had served with distinction, with
his emphasis on Greek tradition and cultural heritage, until
internal controversy resulted in his replacement by His Eminence
Demetrios, enthroned September 18, 1999.
The Warren area benefits from the leadership of those
of Greek heritage, with their ceaseless stress on the importance of
education. Greeks in Trumbull County have risen to the posts of
school superintendents, commissioners, judges, and Trumbull County
Treasurer. And among their ranks there, within the span of just
three American-born generations, are several attorneys and
physicians, as well as those who have achieved prominence within
the professions of pharmacology, psychology, and social work.
The project is documented a paper by Larry James
Gianakos on the "Concise History of the Parish of Warren Saint
Demetrios," and two lectures given by him at the Warren Public
Library: "The Greek-Americans in Trumbull County, 1917-1999" and
"The Greeks in America."
Originally submitted by: James A. Traficant, Jr., Representative (17th District).
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.