In Touch with Prairie Living
By Michael M. Miller
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) at the NDSU
Libraries in Fargo reaches out to prairie families and former Dakotans.
In various ways, it affirms the heritage of the Germans from Russia
as an important part of the northern plains culture.
On Saturday, February 23, 2002, beginning at 1 pm, I will be in
Sacramento, CA, to speak at a Germans from Russia gathering at the
First Christian Church, Folsom Blvd and 39 Street. On Sunday, February
24, 2002, beginning at 2 pm, I will be in Lodi, CA, to also speak
to a German-Russian gathering at the First Baptist Church, 19 South
Central Avenue. Use the Oak Street entrance.
Joining me at the Lodi and Sacramento events will be Bob Dambach,
director of programming and productions, Prairie Public Television,
Fargo. John Philipps, Merced, CA, will attend the events and sign
his book published by GRHC, The Germans by the Black Sea Between
the Bug and Dnjestr Rivers.
GRHC and the Germans from Russia Cultural Preservation Foundation will
sponsor the Arizona Premiere of the new videotape documentary
series, Recipes from Grandmas Kitchen: Germans from
Russia Food Preparations and Traditions, Volume 1. The event
is Saturday, March 2, 2002, 9:30 am-11 am, at the Civic Center Library
Theater, 3839 Civic Center Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ. All are welcome
The North Dakota Picnic is Sunday, March 3, 2002, 10 am-3 pm, at
Pioneer Park, Mesa, AZ. Contact me for further information regarding
the Scottsdale and Mesa events.
The Recipes from Grandmas Kitchen videotape is
available in January 2002 from GRHC. See these persons cooking in
their kitchens and reminiscing: Millie Doll Hauck, Dickinson, ND;
Helen Gefroh Fischer, Hague Cafe, ND; Bernadine Lang Kuhn, Owatonna,
MN; Erica Lang Wangler, Bismarck, ND; and Alma Janke Schott, Gackle,
Traditional foods, savory recipes, and folk memories are important
in the history and culture of the Germans from Russia community.
The videotape includes vignettes of culinary memories that feed
the soul and warm the heart.
GRHC is pleased to announce the publication of this outstanding
new book, German Food & Folkways: Heirloom Memories from
Europe, South Russia & the Great Plains, by Rose Marie
Gueldner, Anamoose, ND. The book is available at this website: library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/cookbooks/gueldner.html
or by contacting me.
Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz, NDSU, writes: Although there are
German-Russian cookbooks currently on the market, this one is quite
unusual because of the way it interweaves background history, ethnic
heritage, and so many mouth-watering Old Country recipes. If the
German-Russians have a Martha Stewart anywhere in North America,
it may very well be Rose Marie Gueldner!
Brother Placid Gross, German-Russian folklorist, Assumption Abbey,
Richardton, ND, writes: This book is the crowning achievement
of all cookbooks. It is a great and wonderful tribute to our pioneer
mothers who knew how to hold body and soul together with hard work
and creativity to make a banquet with the simplest of basic ingredients.
Rev. William C. Sherman, Grand Forks, ND, author of Plains
Folk and Prairie Mosaic, writes: This is
not just a compilation of recipes - it is a genuine survey of foods
which are unknown to some, exotic to others, and delightfully routine
to many who have Eastern European roots. It is history, geography,
ethnicity, and the passage of time, all combined; a treat for the
mind, a treat for the taste buds.
GRHC co-sponsors the Cultural Heritage Tour: Germany, Switzerland,
Austria, and Alsace, France, September 12-23, 2002. Tour members
will visit the ancestral areas of many German-Russians in Alsace
and southern Germany. The tour includes: Stuttgart, Strasbourg,
Lucerne, Salzburg, and Munich including the Oktoberfest. To receive
tour information details, contact me. The award-winning documentary
videotapes, The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe,
Children of the Prairie (1999), and Schmeckfest: Food
Traditions of the Germans from Russia (2000), continue to
be well received throughout North America. Each videotape includes
20 minutes of bonus video footage not shown in the one-hour documentary.
To purchase the videotapes, contact PPTV at 1-800-359-6900, or the
tapes may also be purchased by contacting GRHC.
For further information about Germans from Russia heritage, donations
to the Collection, including family histories, books, videotapes,
cookbooks, tours, and Arizona/California events, contact Michael
M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599 (Tel:
701-231-8416; E-mail: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu;
GRHC website: http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc).