Historical and Folklore Museum of Palaio Mikro Chorio

The museum is housed in the former elementary school of Palaio Mikro Chorio. The building was built in 1934, on an expropriated land of 1,215 square meters, and its construction became a project of the Ministry of Education, with personal work of the residents and the use of ingredients from the region. The museum aims at the preservation and dissemination of the historical heritage of Palaio Mikro Chorio. All the exhibits come from donations of the locals and they are exhibited in five rooms. Visitors can learn about the administrative and socio-economic context of the 19th and 20th century, about utility projects- some of which have not survived- and about the lives of the locals in the village or in places where they emigrated.

The exhibits are presented in chronological and thematic series and show the individual, family and community life and action of the villagers in past centuries as well as their contribution to the struggle for independence and democracy from the Revolution of 1821 to the Second World War and the National Resistance.

The collections include historical documents, many photographs, names of fighters, heroes, people who were executed and victims, photographs of the Occupation, the chronicle of the historic battle of Palaio Mikro Chorio, vestiges from the printing press of the National Resistance, home and agricultural equipment etc. The autobiographical texts and the handwritten personal testimonies of villagers are of special value. It is a variety of manuscripts, which refer to facts and experiences, tragic or pleasant, in years of war or peace, which were engraved in the collective memory. They are texts written by ordinary people who wrote them to stay, not to be forgotten – not they themselves – but these, the events described in those texts. They are authentic descriptions that stir the interest of both the visitors and researchers.

In the Multipurpose Hall the visitors can watch a video with a brief overview on the main phases of the village’s development. The museum has a library, which host books written by locals or people who come from Evrytania or books that talk generally about Evrytania and Roumeli. At the entrance of the museum there is a shop where visitors can buy souvenirs and books.