The Greek-American Folklore Society (GAFS) was founded in 1983 in Astoria, New York, by Apostolos "Paul" Ginis and Kaloyanides "Joe" Graziosi as a non-profit organization. Within a few years, GAFS became one of the most respected Greek Folklore organizations in North America. Paul himself quickly became a recognized authority on Greek folklore and was often invited to teach, lecture, and collaborate, not only within the United States and Canada, but also in Greece, in such prestigious places as the Lykeion ton Hellenidon (Lyceum of Greek Women), the "Dora Stratou" Theater, the Society for the Dissemination of National Music etc.
Perhaps one of Paul's most notable achievements is that he inspired many of his pupils to become actively involved in preserving and teaching our folk arts. Some of his pupils have gone on to found their own folklore groups, others learned how to play traditional instruments and/or sing, while others became interested in making costumes.
The Paul Ginis Costume Collection at the GAFS gathers a wealth of authentic antique regional costumes and pieces of material culture from all over Greece. The collection was started by Paul, who personally acquired the pieces. Certain pieces come from generous private donations.