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Catalog Number OH002.999.3
Object Name Oral History
Scope & Content The interview covers the immigration of Olga Varnavas's parents to the United States, their arrival in Beverly, and her father's grocery store. Miss Varnavas also discusses life in her neighborhood on Cabot Street, her school years, working in her father's store, her employment at Sylvania and at Beverly Hospital, and her family's relationship to the local Greek community.
Catalog type Archive
Dates of Creation 2002
Dates of Accumulation 2002
Title Oral history interview with Olga Varnavas, [2002]
Admin/Biographical History Olga Varnavas was born in Beverly, Mass. in 1915. Her parents Charles and Anna (Johnson) were Greek immigrants. She and her siblings were raised in Beverly. Her father operated a grocery store where Mrs. Varnavas worked from a young age. The family lived in an ethnically-diverse neighborhood, but was active in the Greek community. She enjoyed school and after graduating from Beverly High School in 1934, went to work at Sylvania in Salem. Mrs. Varnavas also attended hair dressing school at night and styled hair for friends and neighbors in her home. She left Sylvania after becoming after being hospitalized for an illness originally thought to be tuberculosis and was advised not to return, for health reasons? She later worked at the Beverly Hospital in the sterile supply and purchasing departments.
Copyrights Permission of the Beverly Historical Society required to cite, quote, or reproduce any part of the interview, which is intended for educational or scholarly use only.Permission of the Beverly Historical Society required to cite, quote, or reproduce any part of the interview, which is intended for educational or scholarly use only.
Collection Neighborhood Oral History Project
Finding Aids No finding aids are currently available.
Language of Material English
People Varnavas, Olga, 1915-2009
Hammond, Fred
Subjects Beverly (Mass.) - Social life and customs
Greek Americans - Social life and customs
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact