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.
The GRHC outreach recent events at Lodi, Sacramento, Mesa, and
Scottsdale were well attended with appreciative audiences. Thanks
to the many people who traveled distances to attend these programs.
We look forward to returning to Scottsdale and Mesa for the events
on March 1-2, 2003.
The new videotape, Recipes from Grandmas Kitchen: Germans
from Russia Food Traditions & Preparations was well received.
The videotape has been produced by the NDSU Libraries and the Germans
from Russia Cultural Preservation Foundation.
The videotape includes the following people 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, ND.
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 the 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.
GHRCs new book, Well Meet Again in Heaven: Germans
in the Soviet Union Write Their American Relatives: 1925-1937,"
by Ronald J. Vossler, includes many letters translated from German
to English including these family names: Boschee, Dockter, Eckman,
Feiger, Goehring, Graf, Heupel, Hochhalter, Ketterling, Kirschmann,
Kramer, Lang, Morlock, Opp, Rudolf, Ruebl, Schauer, Speidel, Stock,
Viel, and Wanner. Vossler writes: The family names clearly
show a direct link, one of old love and also of family ties, between
the Dakota pioneers and those unfortunate family members who remained
GRHC is co-sponsoring the Cultural Heritage Tour: Germany,
Switzerland, Austria, and Alsace, France, September 12-23,
2002. Tour members will visit the ancestral area 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 contact
For further information about Germans from Russia heritage, donations
to the Collection including family histories, books, videotapes,
cookbooks, and tours, 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).