This coming October, The National Hellenic Museum of Chicago will present an exhibition entitled “The Marathon Spirit: From Phidippides to Modern Times”.
According to VOA news agency, the National Hellenic Society (ΝΗS) and the National Hellenic Museum of Chicago have already began collaborating on transferring the exhibition to other major US museums in Boston, LA, New York and Washington.
The exhibition will feature sources, historic relics and cultural events relating to the Marathon and how these are all connected to the modern world. The event aims at highlighting the most important moments of the Marathon chronicles, from the first recorded Marathon distance covered by heroic Phidippides to the victory of Spyros Louis at the first Olympic Games and the victory of Stylianos Kyriakidis at the first Marathon of Boston in 1946.
The National Hellenic Society has already supported the exhibition with the amount of $75,000. On the occasion of the exhibition, the president of the NHS, George Markos, commented that the Marathon activities are a source of inspiration to everyone and should be, therefore, enhanced in terms of promoting the common good.
On her part, the president of the National Hellenic Museum, Stephanie Vlahakis, said that the Marathon is a universal phenomenon but only a few people realize that it is an exciting story that played a fundamental part in the Greek history.