Germans From Russia Heritage... In Amerika Durch Gottes Gnade... (In America Through The Grace of God)

Keller, Edward F. "Germans From Russia Heritage... In Amerika Durch Gottes Gnade... (In America Through The Grace of God)."Emmons County Record, 28 January 2010, 7.

Germans from Russia Heritage Society building.

Germans from Russia are a large population of determined people who originated in Germany and migrated to south Russia in the late 1700's and all through the 1800's, in search for a better life with land and freedoms. After 100 years in Russia they came to America. About one third of the people in North Dakota today are German Russian descendants. They kept their German culture, language, religion and folklore wherever they went. A proud people, as determined as they were to be on the move to better their lot, they were just as determined to record and preserve their history and heritage. Today there are two heritage societies of Germans from Russia. The International Heritage Society of Germans from Russia headquartered in Bismarck, at 1125 West Turnpike Ave. phone 701-223-6761, embraces the immigrants from the Black Sea in Russia and the American Heritage of Germans from Russia includes the Volga River area immigrants and is headquartered in Lincoln, Neb.

The International Historical Society has 2300 members. There are 28 chapters in the United States, Canada and Europe. The Dakota Pioneer Chapter in Bismarck, founded in 1972, has 200 members and is also located at the West Turnpike address. That adequate, practical building is a gift from a generous Venturia couple, Roger and Roberta Haas in 2000. The active staff at headquarters, managed by Rachel Schmidt, assists members in search of family histories, dates of immigration, ships that carried them, genealogy, cemeteries and church records. They prepare for national conventions, programs and more.

A great source of information is Michael Miller, director and bibliographer of the Germans from Russia collection at North Dakota State University libraries in Fargo. Immensely proud of his own German from Russia heritage, the Strasburg native is a walking encyclopedia of it. His group arranges regular visiting tours to the homeland, produces many interesting documentaries of Germans from Russia history and folklore and writes many stories pertaining to the immigrants. Professor Miller is at NDSU Dept. 2080, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108, phone 701-231-8416. A people without a history is a people unredeemable. T.S. Eliot

Till next time.

Reprinted with permission of the Emmons County Record.

Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller