The neighborhood of Brickbottom in the city Somerville, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, has a history of immigration from Western Asia Minor in the early 20th century, specifically from the coastal town of Alaçatı (Grk. Alatsata). Situated on the peninsula of Erytrea, Alaçatı is proximal to both Izmir and Chios, a port of call for many Alatsatians who immigrated to the US.
The “Pharos” was instrumental in fundraising to construct the community’s Greek Orthodox Church. They organized picnics and dances whose entry fees were used for a variety of purposes such as aid families residing in Alatsata. The Pharos also provided death and burial benefits to dues-paying members. The Pharos also participated in parades commemorating the 4th of July and Greek independence Day.