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 May 20, I leave for Vienna, Austria and Odessa, Ukraine. Americans
with ancestral heritage to the former German villages of Glueckstal
District will join me. On May 24, we will have the dedication at
Glinnoye, Moldova, of the Glueckstal Memorial Monument at the school
grounds. Glinnoye is the former German village of Glueckstal, located
about 4 hours from Odessa. The Glueckstal Memorial Monument is funded
by the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association (www.glueckstal.net).
Villages to be visited include Bergdorf, Eigenheim, Glueckstal,
Kassel, Marienberg, Neudorf, and Sofiental.
The Journey to the Homeland Tour group will be in Odessa and the
former German villages from May 27 to June 3. The group includes
Kuhn family members who grew up on a farm near Napoleon, ND. The
Kuhns will travel to visit their ancestral German village of Rosental
near Simperofol, Crimea. From June 3-7, the tour group will be in
Stuttgart, Germany and Alsace, France. Our next Journey to the Homeland
Tour will be May 20 - June 2, 2003. We will tour former German villages
of the Beresan, Kutschurgan, and Liebental districts and also Bessarabia.
Village names include: Beresina, Johannestal, Kronental, Landau,
Leipzig, Neustatz, Rosental, Rohrbach, and Worms.
GRHC information tables and display will appear at the following
North Dakota centennials: 1) Strasburg: June 27-29, 10 am-5 pm,
Strasburg High School classroom; 2) Zeeland, July 5-6, 10 am to
5 pm, Zeeland High School classroom; and 3) Flasher, July 19-20,
10 am-5 pm, Community Credit Union Meeting Room.
I look forward to my visiting folks at Strasburg, Zeeland, and
Flasher this summer and to share the history and culture of the
rich heritage of the Germans from Russia. It will be a homecoming
for me graduating from Strasburg High School. Join us at these centennials
where visitors will have a chance to review the award-winning videotape
documentaries, photo displays, maps, books, and other materials.
The new videotape, "Recipes from Grandma's Kitchen: Germans
from Russia Food Traditions & Preparations", was well received.
The NDSU Libraries and the Germans from Russia Cultural Preservation
Foundation has produced the videotape. Review the Foundation's mission
and projects at: www.grculture.org.
The videotape includes these persons cooking in their kitchens
while 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.
The GRHC is pleased to announce 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".
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 GRHC.
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).