Family Reunions: In Touch with Prairie
Journey to the Homeland Tours
The NDSU Libraries will offer special tours for
families who wish to travel together from the USA and Canada to
Germany and to Odessa, Ukraine. Tours have included nine tours
from May 1996 to May 2003. The 10th tour will be May 25 - June
7, 2004. View the GRHC website at - “Tours.”
Oral History Interviews
To document the history of the Germans from Russia for future
generations, the NDSU Libraries is continually enlarging its
compendium of oral history interviews. Help us identify older
persons in your family.
We need to find persons in your family to join us as interviewers.
Do you know senior citizens in your family who should be interviewed?
Is there anyone in your family who would like to join us as
a volunteer interviewer? We have developed questions for the
interview to guide you. Review the GRHC website at “Oral
History” for further information.
The NDSU Libraries exhibit titled The Kempf Family: Germans
from Russia Weavers on the Dakota Prairies
offers a compelling
introduction to the German-Russian heritage.
The Family Reunions: In Touch with Prairie Living
traveling exhibit is designed for use at German-Russian family
reunions in the Dakotas. This exhibit is available on loan from
the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection. Pick-up and return
of the exhibit needs to be done in Fargo.
GRHC has also designed the exhibit, Traditions of German-Russian
Weddings: From the Steppes of South Russia to the Prairies of
This table-top exhibit to the right, "Family Reunions: In
Touch With Prairie Living," is available on loan from the Germans
from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, Fargo. The
exhibit cannot be shipped for family reunions. Pick-up and return
of the exhibit needs to be done in Fargo. For further information,
M. Miller at the address below.
German-Russian Historic Photographs
We would like to borrow photos to prepare negatives and color
copies. Help us build our photo archives of historic German-Russian
photographs including weddings, homemaking, farms, military,
and family photos. We appreciate your cooperation in borrowing
photographs and other historical documents for archival preservation,
publications, and exhibits.
What you can do to help
Do you have old family or wedding photos for the GRHC Photography
Archives? Review the GRHC website at “Outreach Programs”
for additional information.
Books, Maps and Tapes
Books, cassette tapes, maps, cookbooks and videotapes
can be located at the GRHC website pages at - “Order”
- including books in the German language, cookbooks, resources
on the Germans from Russia, as well as, North Dakota and South
To request a catalog of items for sale, contact
Culture, Customs and Foodways
German-Russian food recipes, ethnic customs, folkways,
and traditions such as weddings, Christmas and New Year can be
located at “History/Culture.
For German-Russian cookbooks, see the GRHC website at - “Order”
The Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU Libraries,
Since its founding in 1950, the Institute has been actively
developing an extensive repository of resources on North Dakota
and the surrounding region - a region with a rich historical
Archives: (701) 231-8914http://library.ndsu.edu/ndirs.
For further information:
Michael M. Miller, M.Ed., M.S.
Email: Michael. Miller@ndsu.edu
Kristi Krebs Brink, B.S.
Jay “Surrey” Gage, B.A., B.S.
Textiles & Exhibits Curator
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
P.O. Box 5599
Fargo, ND 58105-5599 USA
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is located on the
First Floor, North Dakota State University Library, 12th Avenue
North and Albrecht Boulevard, Fargo, North Dakota
Available north of NDSU Library; call GRHC for more information.
Monday- Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM; consult the website for additional
“Dedicated to the German-Russian people who have done pioneer
work on the steppes, prairies, and pampas of the world.”
from “Homesteaders on the Steppe”
by Joseph S. Height