Gnomagoras Society Anniversary
The Gnomagoras Nisyrian Society was created
on April 5, 1915 with the merging (union) of the first 2 Nisyrian Societies
OMIROS (HOMER) which started at 1903 and PORFYRIS (Ancient name of Nisyros)
that was created in 1906.
Those tow Nisyrian Societies in New York helped NISYROS during those difficult
OMIROS build the first Public School in the island (OMIROS PUBLIC SCHOOL)
which is still in operation today and PORFYRIS build the aristocratic
building of LOUTRA (Healing bath, SPA ). Besides those immense tasks,
they also helped the Nisyrians in America and also our motherland Greece
during the Balkan wars and other difficult times.
Although those 2 Societies helped our island Nisyros, the Nisyrians in
Nisyros and many in America were not happy because these societies were
divided. For this reason they tried
very hard to bring the two Societies together and make them merge into
Finally on April 5, 1915, these 2 Societies were merged into one and given
the name GNOMAGORAS NISYRIAN SOCIETY. Gnomagoras is the name of an ancient
Nisyrian admiral who fought various enemies during the 3rd century BC.
During all those years the Gnomagoras Nisyrian Society played a large
role in helping the island of Nisyros and also the Nisyrians here in America
with excellent results.
They helped in the Health of the Nisyrians here and in Nisyros paying
doctors and also sending medicine. The education of the Nisyrians in the
island was greatly aided by the Gnomagoras Society as they paid the teachers
and furnished various scholarships.
During the Second war together with the other Nisyrian Societies, they
send a large sum of money to help the Greek army against the Italians
They helped the refugees from Minor Asia during the 1922 catastrophe.
They helped many Nisyrians to rebuild their houses after the big earthquake
of the 1933.
They keep the Nisyrian customs and culture here in America, celebrating
certain dates of
the year that have a special meaning and getting the Nisyrians together.
These are a few of the Society's many contributions.
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