The Germans from Russia Pioneers of the Central
Dakotas Chautauqua Presentation
Michael M. Miller, Bibliographer
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Devils Lake, North Dakota
Sunday, August 6, 2000 - 3 pm
Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, Fargo, returns for his second
appearance as a featured speaker at Chautauqua in Devils Lake. He
will appear on Sunday, August 6, 2000, at 3 pm at St. Joseph's Catholic
Church. His presentation will focus on his work with the Germans
from Russia Heritage Collection, his travel to the ancestral German
villages near Odessa, Ukraine, and settlement of the German-Russians
in the Devils Lake area. Miller will be available for questions
and consultation following the presentation.
A native of Strasburg, ND, Michael M. Miller grew up speaking both
the English and German languages. Since 1967, he has been on the
faculty and staff at the North Dakota State University Libraries,
Fargo. In 1987, he was compiler of the book, "Researching the Germans
from Russia." He is a graduate of Valley City State University with
two master's degrees from the University of North Dakota. He is
a life member of the American Historical Society of Germans from
Russia and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. Michael serves
on the board of the Germans from Russia Cultural Preservation Foundation.
Since June, 1994, he has guided tour groups to the former German
villages near Odessa, Ukraine. In June, 1999, Miller was in Odessa
and Stuttgart, Germany, with the sixth Journey to the Homeland Tour
sponsored by the NDSU Libraries.
He has been executive producer with Bob Dambach in the production
of two major television documentaries on the Germans from Russia.
These include the award-winning program, "The Germans from Russia:
Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie" and in 2000, "Schmeckfest:
Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia." In 2001, he will be
involved with production of a third major video documentary on the
wrought iron crosses of the northern plains. Future plans include
a video documentary on settlement of the German-Russians who came
to the central North Dakota including the Rugby, Harvey and Devils
In October, 1999, Miller attended the 3rd International Ethnic
Film Festival in Krakow, Poland. The Germans from Russia documentary
was selected as one of twenty-six finalists at the event and the
only program selected from North America. Miller is also an accomplished
photographer of Dakota, northern plains and historic works.
For further information, contact Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries,
Fargo, ND (Tel: 701-231-8416; E-mail: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu).
to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
by contacting Michael