TARPON SPRINGS – In collaboration with city of Tarpon Springs Greek Community Documentation Project, the University of South Florida Library’s Special Collections Division is hosting a website that documents the Tarpon Springs Greek community.

Through it, organizers hope that community members and the general public will be able to access or continue to contribute to this important historical collection.

The city of Tarpon Springs' Greek Community Documentation Project is a key element of the City’s Center for Gulf Coast Folklife and Tarpon Arts, which identifies, documents, presents, and preserves Tarpon Springs’ unique traditional culture. The online exhibit is based on the permanent exhibit The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs, on display at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum thanks to funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, but includes substantially more images and other documentary materials.

The wide-ranging subject matter includes not only the sponge industry, but also school days, businesses, social activities, daily life, and Greek Orthodox religious customs. Many images will bring back memories for Tarpon Springs locals, such as photos documenting the Greek Parochial School class of 1937, men gathered at Lazaros’ Coffee Shop on Athens Street in the 1940s, an Epiphany celebration on Anclote Key in the 1930s, and a fruit stand and barbershop circa 1910.

To view the exhibit, visit exhibits.lib.usf.edu.