In Touch with Prairie Living
By Michael M. Miller
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
North Dakota State University Library, Fargo
I want to extend Thanksgiving Regards. We can be very grateful
that our ancestors immigrated to America settling on these prairies
and Northern Plains.
We look forward to seeing readers of this column at the Pride of
Dakota Holiday Showcases. We invite you to join us at these festive
events: Grand Forks, November 3-4 at the Alerus
Center/Convention Hall; Fargo, November 17-18 at
the Civic Center/Centennial Hall; and Bismarck,
December 1-2 at the Convention Hall/Civic Center. The showcase hours
are Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm.
We will have many new items including, more than 45 cookbooks.
We are offering a 10% discount on all purchases of $50 or more
from November 1, 2007 – December 31, 2007. Please visit our
website for a complete list of items. To place an order or request
a free catalog, call 701-231-6596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voices from the Heartland is now available for purchase on CD for
$20. The CD contains the 29 clips used in the radio series aired
on Prairie Public. The radio series aired o throughout July, August,
September, and October and featured narrators from the Dakota Memories
Oral History Project. For more information, visit http://www.ndsu.edu/grhc/dakotamemories/order/audiocds.html.
The Hutmacher Complex, northwest of Manning in western North Dakota,
is very important in the German-Russian architectural history. Frank
Hutmacher's family, who were immigrants from the Black Sea German
villages of South Russia (today southern Ukraine), made their farmsite
buildings in a similar style with stone slab used by their forefathers
in Russia. The project is being restored by efforts through Preservation
North Dakota and the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
For 2007 and 2008, with the help of volunteers and grant funds
from Save America’s Treasures (National Park Service), there
is an effort to restore the stone house. It is located back in the
rocky western hills of Dunn County, southwest of Killdeer. A Hutmacher
lived there until 1979 without running water.
Dr. Tom Isern and students from the NDSU History Department supported
by the Center for Heritage Renewal (www.ndsu.edu/heritage) assisted
in restoration work in October.
Ann Erling, Isern’s student and GRHC employee spent a weekend
working at the Hutmacher site. Erling said, “Working on the
Hutmacher Home was an amazing experience. During my weekend in Dunn
County, I sifted clay, mixed mud, and helped to rebuild a roof of
sticks and dirt! It was hard work, but when one of the women who
grew up in that earthen home arrived on the work site, I knew the
work I was doing to preserve history was appreciated. I kept imaging
what it would have been like to live in that home until 1979, and
it's hard to imagine, but working on the Hutmacher farmstead for
one weekend really opened my eyes to North Dakota's homesteading
Further information about the Hutmacher farmsite is at the Preservation
North Dakota website: www.prairieplaces.org and at the GRHC website:
Interested in finding a particular recipe, but don’t know
where to look? Try using our Recipe Index Search located at our
website, http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/recipes/. Type the recipe
you are looking for in the search engine (example: kuchen), and
recipe matches will appear.
The dates for the 14th Journey to the Homeland Tour to Odessa,
Ukraine and Stuttgart, Germany are May 20-30, 2008. The tour includes
four days in Odessa visiting the former German villages and five
days in southern Germany including Alsace, France. For further information,
contact me or visit library.ndsu.edu/grhc/outreach/journey/index.html.
Janis Weisz Piotrowski, Tallahassee, FL, a member of the 2007 Journey
to the Homeland Tour writes, “I really enjoyed the trip. It
was a rewarding experience on many different levels — spending
time with other people with the same background and on the same
quest, learning more about the history and current situation in
the Black Sea area, as well as seeing, meeting, and talking to people
from the area were worth the trip.”
For further information about the Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection, Dakota Memories Oral History Project, Journey to the
Homeland Tour and donations to the GRHC such as family histories,
contact Michael M. Miller, NDSU Library, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND
58105-5599 (Tel: 701-231-8416; Email: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu; GRHC
November 2007 column for North Dakota and South Dakota newspapers.