| Forums Will Focus on German-Russians
Will Focus on German-Russians." Wishek
Star, 26 October 2005, 1.
A pair of upcoming public forums in Wishek and Gackle will
focus on German-Russian culture and heritage.
The Germans from Russian Heritage Collection, part of the Fargo-based
North Dakota State University Libraries, is the primary sponsor
forums, which will feature information on the Dakota Memories Oral
Sessions are set for 2 p.m., Sunday, at St. Luke Lutheran Church
and 2 p.m., Nov. 13, at the Gackle American Legion Hall. Both forums
free and open to the public.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection launched its oral history
project last spring. It spotlights childhood memories and family
relationshipsspecifically, what it was like growing up as a German-Russian
on the Northern Plains.
Tom Isern, a history professor at NDSU, will serve as host for
along with Michael M. Miller, bibliographer of the Germans from
Dakota Memories Oral History Project coordinator Jessica Clark
about her recent interviews with individuals from Wishek and other
German-Russian communities in southcentral North Dakota. Clark will
present an accompanying video that was prepared in cooperation with
Prairie Public Television.
Kimberly Porter, a history professor at the University of North
will address the importance of oral histories in preserving German-Russian
The forums conclude with a group discussion on Germans from Russia
heritage in North Dakota.
Clark conducted more than 30 interviews for the program this summer,
individuals from Wishek, Ashley, Gackle, Streeter, Berlin, West
Fargo. She spent an average of two to three hours speaking with
"I really enjoyed meeting and talking with the people,"
Clark says. "I
grew up in a small town in Washington state and I've really missed
atmosphere. Each person was so welcoming and engaging. It felt like
I'm looking forward to seeing each (of them) this fall at the public
Clark says plans are to expand the oral history project next year
other areas of the Northern Plains.
"Not only do we want to continue our research in North Dakota,
also like to go north and south, possibly into Saskatchewan and
Clark will use the information gathered in writing her doctoral
dissertation. There are preliminary plans to create a landmark oral
history collection at NDSU that would be accessible to future scholars
researchers. The university also may pursue a television documentary
series built around memories and oral histories.
Additional support for the oral history project is provided by
Mack Germans from Russia History Fellowship, the Germans from Russia
Heritage Collection, the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association,
North Dakota State University Center for Heritage Renewal, the North
Dakota State University Vice President for Research, Creative Activities,
and Technology Transfer, the North Dakota State University Development
Foundation, the North Dakota Humanities Council, Arthur E. Flegel,
Mathern, La Vern Freeh, Herb Poppke and Michael M. Miller.
For more information about the Dakota Memories Oral History project,
Clark at (701) 231-8419. She also may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection website at
Reprinted with permission of The Wishek Star.