In Touch with Prairie Living
By Michael M. Miller
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo
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 Germans from Russia
as an important part of the northern plains culture.
In March, Prairie Public will broadcast a fascinating new series
of local oral histories. "Growing Up German Russian: A Radio
Series" is a collection of narratives gleaning from the oral
histories collection of the Dakota Memories Oral History Project.
The 3-6 minute narratives will air each Monday and Friday at 8:35
a.m., 3:50 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. for April. This radio series
will also be available on the Web at www.prairiepublic.or/radio.
Jessica Clark, project coordinator, explained that these interviews
are designed to preserve the precious history and heritage of Germans
from Russia on the Northern Plains. "These narrators contain
vivid childhood memories - memories of learning to drive a tractor,
witnessing a prairie fire, adopting a little colt, listening to
German funeral songs, and growing up on the prairie during the Dirty
Thirties," Clark said.
The radio series is part of a large project that will record numerous
narratives for study and archiving. This series is sponsored by
Prairie Public, the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, and
the North Dakota State University Libraries. Partial funding for
this series was provided by the North Dakota Humanities Council.
To find the Prairie Public radio frequency in your area, visit www.prairiepublic.org/radio
or call 800-359-6900. The North Dakota Humanities Council, Prairie
Public, and GRHC have provided funding for Growing Up German Russian:
A Radio Series. A CD version of this series will be available for
purchase in May, 2007.
The Dakota Memories Oral History Project will continue this year
(2007), conducting interviews in North Dakota. For more information,
visit our website at library.ndsu.edu/grhc/dakotamemories/index.html.
To contact Jessica Clark (Project Coordinator) call 701-231-8419
or email email@example.com.
Acacia (Jonas) Stuckle, GRHC Special Collections Associate and a
native of Fredonia, ND, will visit the Lehr, Fredonia, Kulm, and
Edgeley areas giving informative presentations regarding the Germans
from Russia Heritage Collection and the Dakota Memories Oral History
Project. She will be at the Home Plate Café in Fredonia at
1:00 pm on Friday, April 13; the Senior Center in Lehr at 1:00 pm
on Monday, April 16; the Senior Center in Edgeley at 12:30 pm on
Tuesday, April 17; and the Senior Center in Kulm at 1:00 pm on Wednesday,
April 18. To contact Acacia in reference to her visits in south-central
North Dakota call 701-231-6596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The May issue of "North Dakota Living" will feature an
article about the oral history project.
We are making final plans for the 13th Journey to the Homeland Tour
to Odessa, Ukraine and Stuttgart & Wiesbaden, Germany for May
17-28, 2007. Tour members will attend the large Germans from Russia
gathering called the Russlanddeutschen Bundestreffen, at Wiesbaden
on May 26. The dates for the 2008 tour will be May 20-30.
GRHC has reprinted and has available an outstanding cookbooks: "Kulm,
ND Centennial Cookbook” (1992); "Grace Lutheran Church
Cookbook: Lehr, ND” (1983); "What's Cookin'? in Lehr,
North Dakota, King Homemakers Club” (1967); and “Favorite
Recipes: Lehr Thimble Bee, Lehr, ND” (1973); "Grace Baptist
Church Jubilee Cookbook: Lehr, ND” (1979); “St. Matthews
Lutheran Church 75th Anniversary Cookbook: Napoleon, ND” (1982)
and "Favorite Recipes: Lehr, ND" (1961). For more information,
The award-winning DVD documentaries: "Germans from Russia Food
Pantry"; "Heaven Is Our Homeland"; "We'll Meet
Again in Heaven; "The Germans from Russia: Children of the
Steppe, Children of the Prairie" & "Prairie Crosses,
Prairie Voices: Iron Crosses of the Great Plains" are available.
The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Convention
is June 11-16, 2007, Holiday Inn, Hays, KS (www.ahsgr.org); the
Germans from Russia Heritage Society Convention is July 19-22, 2007,
Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck, ND (www.grhs.org).
For further information about Germans from Russia heritage, Dakota
Memories Oral History Project, donations to GRHC including books,
events, documentaries, CDs, DVDs, cookbooks and the tour, contact
Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599
(Tel: 701-231-8416; E-mail: email@example.com; GRHC website:
April, 2007 column for North Dakota and South Dakota