February 15, 2000
Prairie Public TV "Plains Talk" program to feature
NDSU's Germans from Russia Bibliographer Michael M. Miller
Matt Olien, host of Prairie Public Television's weekly program,
"Plains Talk," will interview Michael M. Miller, Germans from Russia
Bibliographer, NDSU Libraries, and Bob Dambach, director of productions
at PPTV, on February 24, at 7:30 pm (CT), re-broadcast on February
27 at 6 pm. Miller and Dambach are exective producers of another
documentary, "Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia."
Ronald J. Vossler, UND, is writer and host for this documentary.
Brief segments from the documentary will be shown.
The documentary premieres on PPTV on March 5 at 8 pm (CT) and
will be re-broadcast on March 15 at 7 pm. Dambach and Miller are
producers of the 1999 award-winning program, "The Germans from Russia:
Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie," shown on PBS stations
throughout the USA.
Over the course of two centuries, wherever fate has swept them,
the Germans from Russia have adapted and endured. They have survived
famine, wars, drought, prairie fires, and poverty of frontier life.
From the Russian steppe to the grasslands of Argentina, from the
American prairie to the tundra of Siberia, this ethnic group's resourceful
self-sufficiency, particularly in the growing and preparation of
food for their large families, remains a rich legacy passed through
In German Russian life, "food was love," and prairie mothers who
left no records of their lives are remembered daily in the recipes
and rituals of food preparation.
"Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia" preserves
these memories with vignettes that feed the soul and warms the heart.
Share the festivities of the Schmeckfest in Eureka, SD, experience
the famous Knoepfla Soup at Kroll's Kitchens in North Dakota, and
savor the hearty Schachlika Supper in Richardton, ND.
Major funding for the production was provided by the North Dakota
Humanities Council, North Dakota State University Libraries, and
the Members of Prairie Public.
For more detailed information about the new documentary including
photographs, review the website page: http://library.ndsu.edu/projects.html.
For further information, contact Michael M. Miller (Tel: 701-231-8416;