Germans From Russia Documentary Gets go-Ahead
for Production on May
"Germans From Russia Documentary Gets go-Ahead for Production on May." Emmons County Record, 7 April 1998, 7.
A drive to raise funds for a Germans from Russia documentary
has been successful and production will begin this May, according
to Richard Bovard, interim director of Libraries.
"More than 140 people and seven organizations have donated
to the project, and those of us here who have been involved, and
worried, are grateful for this kind of support," said Bovard.
Fundraising continues for educational materials for schools and
the public, which will supplement the documentary. Additional funding
will be sought from the North Dakota and Minnesota Humanities Councils
and from agri-business granting programs.
The documentary, produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting, Fargo,
will include additional footage from this spring at Lincoln, Neb.,
and this summer’s May/June Homeland Tour, as well as July
in North Dakota with completion scheduled for November 1998.
A broadcast premiere is planned for January or February 1999 in
Fargo. Additional celebrations may occur in Bismarck and a city
The idea for a documentary was started in 1995 by Michael Miller,
Germans from Russia bibliographer.
Michael Miller and Bob Dambach, director of television programming
and production at Prairie Public Broadcasting, have led much of
"Part of Prairie Public’s mission is to explore and
celebrate the heritage of the people of the prairie region,"
said Dambach. "We at Prairie Public are excited to be a partner
with NDSU in a project that will share the rich culture and heritage
of the Germans from Russia, who were critical to the settlement
of North Dakota." Dambach said the project will reach the
people of North Dakota, the prairie region and North America.
NDSU alumnus Mayo Flegel, LeSeur, Minn., and Carol Just Halverson,
St. Louis Park, Minn., also have participated as fundraisers and
are active in the history and culture with their North Dakota roots
to the Germans from Russia.
Reprinted with the permission of the Emmons County