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 in Arizona.

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 the fundraising.

"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 Record.

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