The writing of a brief history of Vlahokerasia was thought necessary soon after the constitution of the Committee for the Vlahokerasia Digital Museum. Angelos Bistolas, an Elementary School teacher, and Anna Martinou, a Secondary Education teacher (with a specialization in Greek and English Philology – language, literature and history) (See photo), responded to the challenge. In the process of writing, the authors broadened their assignment in order to also include relevant aspects of demography, public administration and folklore.
The material of the present thematic unit is restricted to struggles of the recent Greek history, starting with the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire which, as known, occupied the Greek territory following the fall of Constantinople (in 1453). After the successful outcome of the Greek Revolution, the New Greek State gradually took form. The Greek War of Independence secured the liberation of the Peloponnese and part of mainland Greece. Then followed the annexation of Thessaly (1881), Macedonia after the Balkan Wars (1913), Thrace and the Aegean Islands (except for the Dodecanese) after the First World War (1919) and the Dodecanese after the Second World War (1947). Without doubt, the victorious battles of the Greeks on the Albanian Front (1940-41) and the coalition of Greece with the “Allies” (the winners of the war) were decisive in the enlargement of Greece after the Second World War.
As we said in the general introduction to the Vlahokerasia Digital Museum (See Home Page), V.D.M. is “an open system that will continue to be supplemented, enriched, expanded and corrected…” The enrichment can be accomplished either by the adding of new materials (e.g. photos, documents, etc.) to the existent subcategories (the flipping books or electronic books) or by the introduction of new-subcategories (new flipping books), i.e. after a more radical restructuring of the V.D.M. Up to now, the more dominant trend is enrichment of the existent subcategories, by adding pages to the flipping books – except for the introduction of new subcategory, “humorous stories” that was proposed by Anna Martinou, member of the VDM Committee.
We continue the structural enrichment of the V.D.M. by adding a new category, a new electronic book (flipping book), “the Family Trees of Vlahokerasiotes”, for the purpose of cementing the intra-family bonds and the greater familiarization of descendants with their ancestors. The relevant flipping book will be a subcategory of the general menu category – “History”. We start with four family trees two that were built by the descendants themselves and two that were built by the undersigned, using the free program “My Heritage Family Builder” which offers unlimited possibilities and is exceptionally easy to use. The program also allows for the posting of photos, as well as other available individual information. It is necessary to point out that the four family trees are examples. Our aim is to multiply them. Therefore, we invite our compatriots to submit their own family trees (format jpg) – using whatever model they prefer – for posting in the V.D.M. In addition, they should submit at least two photographs, one of their first known ancestor(s) and one of their living descendants that show the parents and their children (See page 3). In case a family photo of the living descendants is not available, it can be made using the collage method (See page 4). Finally, and for the sake of gender equality, we recommend that the family tree be “bi-lineal”, i. e. include both the paternal and maternal branches of the family.
Nikos P. Petropoulos
VDM Committee Coordinator
2 May 2019 (Greek page)
30 January 2020 (English page)
Press here or on the picture above, to open the relevant flipping book
As we have said in the home page (introduction) of our website, VDM is an open system which can be can be continuously enriched. During the August 2017 meeting the VDM committee accepted Angelos Bistolas’ and Anna Martinou’s proposal to introduce a new subcategory of content under the title “Efthymographimata Vlahokerasioton” (funny, everyday-life short stories), which have been passed on to Vlahokerasiotes from generation to generation. The new subcategory will be a page of the general menu category: “History-Traditions”.