The Beginning The first campaign, which united many of the opponents of the junta, was to prevent the creation of an industrial zone in the southern Saronic Gulf. The rescinding of the zone was the first economic act of the new government and it bore the signatures of Giangos Pesmazoglou and Xenophon Zolotas. It had an enormous beneficial effect on the whole of the Saronic Gulf.One of the Society’s early campaigns was the major battle to save the area of Plaka in Athens. Another early concern was for the protection of the Prespa lakes with the establishment of the Waste Water Treatment Station designed by Mimis Fatouros.This first period was particularly creative with the Hellenic Society playing a pioneering role in the preservation of the environment in all areas.This was the time when attention was first paid to the Aegean, with the establishment of an office of architectural consultants in Syros.It was also a period of awards, of exemplary restoration such as that of Hortiatis in Thessaloniki and Fyrogia in Sifnos, of the first scholarships and the first educational programmes such as the Spaceship Earth etc.Perhaps the most important was the draft of the celebrated article 24 of the Constitution, the result of all night work at the Hellenic Society. This was handed over to the then President of the Republic, K. Tsatsos.In order to provide support for the Hellenic Society Costas Carras founded three sister organizations abroad: the Fondation pour la Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Grec in Switzerland, the National Trust for Greece in England and in America the Society of the Protection of the Greek Heritage (SPGH).Distinguished personalities such as Steven Runciman and professors Browning in Britain and Bernard Knox in America served in these organisations.International support ensured the purchase from Virginia Nick of the building that now houses the offices of the Hellenic Society. It also proved invaluable in campaigns such as those for the protection of Hydra, Mount Athos, Delphi etc.To the SPGH and its industrious chairman is owed the return to Greece of the Mycenaean Aidonia Treasure from America.
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