ΨΗΦΙΑΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΒΛΑΧΟΚΕΡΑΣΙΑΣ

All of us know of Vlahokerasiotes living outside the village[1], who, with their work, theIr innate talent, the favorable conditions, the strong incentives, their determination and the exploitation of opportunities, have succeeded in their respective fields. The range of their activities extends beyond the narrow borders of a village community, to regional, national or even international levels. These compatriots constitute positive models for the younger generation of Vlahokerasiotes, wherever they live, and generate feelings of collective recognition and pride for the rest of the Vlahokerasiotes.

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For the development of the present thematic unit, we selected, on a pilot basis, four broad “occupational" categories, where Vlahokerasiotes have made their mark in their specific fields of work, as listed into the left table. These general categories include Vlahokerasiotes in Greece and the diaspora, Vlahokerasiotes who are alive or have left us, outsiders who have married Vlahokerasiotes, and Vlahokerasiotes whether or not they have been benefactors (in the narrow economic sense) of our village. Our aim was to be as inclusive and flexible as possible. A significant number of our compatriots who have been included in this thematic unit were proposed at an open meeting of the Committee during the summer of 2013 at the community office. In the course of the collection, the list was supplemented by other proposals made by Committee members and compatriots.

The vast majority of those we approached was very enthusiastic to become a part of the VDM and sent us the relevant documentation. A small number of them chose not to participate, considering their own or their progenitors’ participation as self-promotion, contrary with their character and philosophy of life. Our counterargument that the aims of VDM were not to make a profit but to augment our collective self-knowledge, to promote models for the younger generation of Vlahokerasiotes and to reinforce the social and cultural development of our village, did not persuade them. The Committee respected their decision, leaving it open for them to participate in the future.

From those (or their descendants), who were willing to becοme a part of VDM, the Committee requested three kinds of documentation: a curriculum vita (CV), a photograph and a representative sample of their work; the CV and their work are incorporated in the collection as hyperlinks. The CV concentrated on their occupational career and was prepared by the same, their descendants or their proponents. It was published in the collection without intervention by the Committee except for editing. In exceptional circumstances, the CV was prepared by the undersigned following a search in the internet and consultation with relatives/compatriots in the village. The result was sent to the person in question for approval. In regard to the photograph, we requested one or more photographs which shows the person in question in action or in his/her work context, though this was not always feasible. Finally, and with respect to their sample of work, we asked that it be representative, in a language of their choice, and preferably publicized in professional journals, anthologies, albums, exhibits, festivals. Independent scientific work (e.g. articles or chapters in anthologies) were easily incorporated in the collection. In some cases (e.g., a book on one topic), the author felt that his/her work constituted a whole and it was not possible to break it up and publish it as an excerpt. In these cases, we published the front page of the book’s jacket and/or summaries from the back page of the jacket. We should also note that in some other cases (e.g. politicians), we have created mini-collections of photographs which reflect their activities and a representative sample of their work. These are incorporated in the collection as hyperlinks. In all of the above cases, we have indicated the source of the materials, while in some cases we also provide links to internet for further documentation of the creator’s (e.g. author’s, artist’s, scientist’s, judge’s, politician’s etc.) work. Aside from the collective self-knowledge, the social models and the collective feelings of pride that can be generated by the content of the present thematic unit, we believe that the materials could also contribute to the vocational orientation of the young Vlahokerasiotes, provide practical information for all people, stimulate research interests and reinforce professional networking among compatriots.

Indubitably, the present unit can be supplemented with new materials from compatriots, wherever they live, on all present categories (e.g. business enterprises, sciences, letters, arts, medicine, politics, justice) as well as new on new content categories. The only requirement is that the proposal meets the general criteria for incorporation in the VDM and is accompanied by the necessary documentation (CV, photograph and samples of his/her work).

Nikos Petropoulos
VDM Committee Coordinator

 


[1] Those born in cities/towns other than Vlahokerasia

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