Michael Miller, director, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC), NDSU Libraries, Fargo, will attend the dedication of the City Hall at Zeeland, ND, commemorating the site’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places. The GRHC will have information tables and displays on Sunday, June 25 from 11 am to 4 pm.
The Zeeland area is the oldest settlement of Germans from Russia in North Dakota. Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, north of Zeeland was established in 1884, with the settlement of German-Russian families from villages near Odessa, Ukraine.
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church northeast of Zeeland was founded in 1884 by German-Russians from the Glueckstal District villages of South Russia.
Miller recently returned from Ukraine and Germany, traveling with the 21st Journey to the Homeland Tour group visiting their ancestral Bessarabian and Black Sea German villages.
Miller, now in his 50th year at NDSU, has been at the helm of the GRHC's large and impressive book, document and photo collections, since its inception in 1978. The GRHC has been a pioneer for German-Russian homeland tours, website development and publishing. The GRHC is also well known for its collaboration with Prairie Public Broadcasting to create a series of award-winning documentaries and several radio programs relating to the Germans from Russia.
For further information on the GRHC, go to www.ndsu.edu/grhc
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