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Friends of the Gennadeion

Friends of the Gennadius Library: U.S. and Abroad

The recently founded and rapidly expanding Friends of the Gennadius Library comprises supporters and users of of the Library residing in North America, Europe, and worldwide. In addition to the Gennadeion News, produced twice annually, the Friends receive invitations to special events in the U.S., including an annual Clean Monday event.

The Gennadius Library welcomes everyone to become a Friend of the Gennadius Library by contributing to its Annual Appeal. These funds provide unrestricted support for the ongoing operation of the Library. Find more information here, including making a gift online.

The Philoi: Association of Friends of the Gennadius Library in Greece

The Philoi is a non-profit association founded in 1983 with the aim of providing support to the Gennadius Library so that it can achieve its national and educational mission. The Association also pursues the educational aims of the Library’s founder, by organizing lectures and tours for its members around various institutions in Greece and abroad.

The main event organized by the Philoi is “The Day in Memory of Joannes Gennadius.” The highlight of this event is a lecture on the collections of the founder and his diplomatic career. In 2008, the Philoi organized another event "DAY OF FLORENCE/ANTHI GENNADIUS,” in memory of the wife of Joannes Gennadius, Anthi, who helped Joannes to complete his work and his donation to the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. The Philoi raises the money that it donates to the Gennadius Library from membership fees, social events, donations, book sales, and other activities.

Nominations of new members are made by two former members or by the Director of the Gennadius Library. New members are voted by the General Assembly. The six-member Governing Council works with the Director of the Gennadion to guide the activities of the Association. The current members of the Governing Council are:

President: Anastasios Kriekoukis
Vice-President: Andreas Koukos
General Secretary: Vassiliki Failadi
Treasurer: Eleni Pylarinou
Members: Panagiotis Koronakis-Rohlf, Nasi Papantoniou

Thursday, April 2, 12:00
Visit to the exhibition “Ottoman Athens” of the Gennadius Library
Meeting point: Entrance of the Gennadius Library, 11:45 am 
For participation, please call our office no later than Tuesday, March 31

Sunday, April 19
Day trip to the Sancturary of the Egyptian Gods and to the Museum of Marathon

Tour by P. Fotiadis, Archaeologist of the Ephoreia of Antiquities of East Attica.
The tour will be followed by lunch (optional) to the tavern “ O Ψαράς», 20 Euros/person.
Meeting point: Rigilis Square, 10.00 am
For participation, please call our office no later than Wednesday, April 15. (20 people)
Participation Fee: 20 Euros. Lunch NOT included

Wednesday, May 6, 12:00
Visit to the backstage of the Megaron Mousikis

Meeting point: 11:45 am, main entrance of the New Building (Triantis)
For participation, please call our office no later than Monday, May 4. (20 people)
Participation Fee: 5 Euros

Sunday, May 10 – Friday, May 15
Trip to Vienna and Melk
730 Euros/person in a double room, 830 Euros/person in a single room

Prices include : Aegean airtickets, transportation from Vienna airport to hotel and return to the airport, Ηotel in the centre of the city with breakfast, Museums, day trip to the famous  Melk Abbey (bus, lunch and return by ship), donation to the Gennadius Library. (Detailed itinerary soon)
For participation and deposit, please call our office no later than Friday, March 27. (Limited availability)