Host Country Studies Trip to the Society for Macedonian Studies Library
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
In the spring of 1939, a number of distinguished citizens of Thessaloniki, academicians and businessmen, founded the Society for Macedonian Studies as a center for collecting, recording, preserving, studying, and publishing articles and books on linguistic, folklore, historical, archaeological, and general archival topics which relate to Macedonia in particular and Greece in general. Consistently loyal to these aims, the Society has endeavored ever since, to the best of its abilities, to promote and foster scientific research in all fields of study.
On the 5th of December, Pinewood 4th Graders Publishers, the “Owlets,” were invited to visit the Society’s Headquarters, and be guided in their prestigious Library. It was very educational to see and learn how a very specialized 70.000 volume Library operates. The highlight of our tour, however, was to see several very rare books. The Director of the Library, Mr. Kouroudis showed us some of their most precious books, including Byzantine and Ottoman manuscripts. It was really a special treat to see, at such proximity, special books, some of them over 500 years old.
Amalia Spiliakou, Host Country Studies Coordinator