The Hellenic Society of Constantinople was founded in 1939 by Katherine Tsifitopoulos and a handful of ladies who left Constantinople in less than favorable circumstances. As they began their new lives in Chicago they felt a strong obligation to sustain close ties to Constantinople and edify those around them of our rich history. In United States schools, our children are taught of the magnificence of the Byzantine Empire. However, very little attention is given to the fact that Constantinople was and remains the seat of the Greek Orthodox faith and is the anchor which preserves our tie to Constantinople. Today, we remain committed to our mission to support the few Greeks that remain in Constantinople, preserve our churches and support the religious freedoms of all Orthodox Christians in Turkey.