In Touch with Prairie Living
By Michael M. Miller
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) at the NDSU
Libraries in Fargo reaches out to prairie families and former Dakotans.
In various ways, it affirms the heritage of the Germans from Russia
is an important part of the northern plains culture. As the holiday
season approaches, I wish to share in spirit of the Yuletide holiday
season. May I extend "Weihnachten" greetings.
GRHC announces publication of Memoirs of Father Anthony Kopp.
Father Kopp was born in 1891 Krasna, Bessarabia. He attended school
at Harvey and Assumption Abbey, Richardton, ND. He was a priest
in the Diocese of Bismarck from 1917 to 1964 including Foxholm,
ND, from 1933-1962. The book is a literate story of his German-Russian
youth and his life in North Dakota capturing the unique dialectal
German speech as he himself directly translated into English text.
More information is available at the GRHC website: http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/nd_sd/kopp.html.
Prairie Public Broadcasting has announced the "Cultural Heritage
Tour" for September 14-25, 2000. The tour includes southern Germany,
Alsace, France, Switzerland, and Austria. The tour has limited space.
Tour leaders will be Bob Dambach and Michael Miller, co-producers
of the Germans from Russia documentary. For more information, contact
Prairie Public, Cultural Heritage Tour, PO Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58107
My thanks to the Germans from Russia community for their support
to contact their local PBS station to air the Germans from Russia
documentary. Since the February premiere on Prairie Public Television,
the program has been shown on these PBS stations: Fresno, Huntington
Beach, Sacramento, San Mateo, CA, Minneapolis-St. Paul & Bemidji/Brainerd,
MN, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, Phoenix, AZ, Spokane, WA, Topeka
& Wichita, KS, Peoria, IL, and Saginaw, MI. State-wide PBS coverage
includes Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South
Dakota, and Wyoming.
The award-winning documentary videotape, "The Germans from Russia:
Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie," continues to be
well received throughout North America. In 1999, the program has
received the prestigious Silver Telly Award from the Center for
Creativity and a Bronze Plaque Award in the Humanities Division
from the 47th International Film & Video Festival, Columbus, OH.
The videotape will be a special Christmas gift. To secure the tape,
contact Prairie Public at 1-800-359-6900. This "Collector's Edition" of the videotape includes 20-minute bonus
video footage, "Ukraine Places & Faces" of beautiful filming from
the former German villages near Odessa not shown in the one-hour
documentary. See many interesting pages about the documentary at
the Prairie Public Broadcasting website: http://www.prairiepublic.org.
The Teachers Guide authored by Ron Vossler, documentary scriptwriter,
is available for viewing at Prairie Public's website:
guide is valuable for use with students and in homes including classroom
activities and website activities. Review the Teachers Guide at
Prairie Public's website page.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection has books, videotapes,
maps, and other items that provide wonderful heritage books as gifts.
Reviews of books and other items can be seen at the GRHC website
pages at "Books, Videotapes & Photographs" and at "Maps & German
There are German-Russian recipes at the GRHC website section at
"Culture, Customs & Foodways" including Christmas Borscht, golden
carrot pie, ammonium cookies, holiday Pfeffernüsse, rum fruit dumplings,
and a variety of Kuchen recipes.
For further information about donations to the collection including
family histories, outreach programs, the new book, Memoirs of
Father Anthony Kopp, Teachers Guide to videotape documentary,
Journey to the Homeland Tour to Odessa, Ukraine, Alsace, France,
and Stuttgart, Germany (including the large Germans from Russia
gathering called the Bundestreffen), for June 6-19, 2000 tour; GRHC's
recent publications, "Tender Hands: Ruth's Story of Healing" and
"Homeland Book of the Bessarabian Germans," and German-Russian heritage,
contact Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND
58105-5599 (Tel: 701-231-8416; E-mail: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu;
GRHC website: http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc).