Connie Mourtoupalas, whose family emigrated to the USA in 1966, was elected new director of the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. It is America’s most important museum featuring Greek history, culture and arts from the ancient through modern times.
Mrs Mourtoupalas has been working for the Greek Embassy in Washington DC for the past 16 years. She has undertaken several events focused on Greek heritage in order to tighten ties between Greece and the USA.
In the bid to promote Greece in the USA, she has cooperated with popular international media, renowned polticians and institutions based in both countries. Connie Mourtoupalas was also co-founder of “The American Friends of the New Acropolis Museum.”
The Museum’s Board of Trustees Chairman, John Calamos, welcomed the newly elected director saying that “with her years of service promoting Hellenic culture and developing public programs and exhibits, as well as her own personal experience as an immigrant, Ms. Mourtoupalas brings the professional experience and vision needed to make the National Hellenic Museum a truly national museum.”
According to Mourtoupalas, “The Museum and its beautiful new building are proof and testament of the commitment of the Chicago Greek-American community to its Greek heritage and culture. Having immigrated to the United States myself, it is also very important to me and my family that our younger generations have a place to go that tells our story, their story, and presents a small part of American history.”
The National Hellenic Museum has a great collection of at least 17 thousand items of different periods of Greek culture, art and religion.