German-Russian Exhibits at Museum
Johnson, Matthew. "German-Russian Exhibits at Museum." Jamestown Sun, 3 May 1999.
Two German-Russian exhibits rich in history were well received
at a grand opening Sunday at the National Buffalo Museum, said Donna
Zimmerman, director of the museum.
Zimmerman said about 50 people attended the grand opening, which
included experts providing information about the exhibits.
The exhibits are called "The Kempf Family: Germans from Russia
Weavers on the Dakota Prairies" and "German-Russian Architecture."
Sponsorship of the grand opening was provided by the James Valley
Chapter of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, Zimmerman said.
Both exhibits provide well-preserved historical photo documentation
and will remain on display until Oct. 15.
The Kempf family weaver exhibit is sponsored by the National Buffalo
Museum and the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota
State University Library, Fargo.
In it are preserved photos of Johannes-Georg and Gottliebina Stolz
Kempf family and cultural artifacts that have become part of their
"The exhibit provides a wonderful opportunity for people to learn
more about the rich heritage of German-Russian culture especially
in central and western North Dakota," Zimmerman said.
Some of the items on display are courtesy of private family collections,
said Michael M. Miller, Germans from Russia Bibliographer, who spoke
on the exhibits Sunday.
Miller and Jay Gage, curator of the exhibits and textiles, provided
historical information about the area's German-Russian culture and
resulting artifacts such as hand-woven blankets.
The Kempfs and thousands of others immigrated to central and western
North Dakota from former Black Sea and Bessarabian German villages
between 1880 and 1920.
They brought with them a legacy that includes such textile treasures
as silk-fringed woolen shawls and many other cultural cloths and
The German-Russian architecture exhibit is sponsored by the State
Historical Society of North Dakota.
The exhibit traces the history of German-Russian homes on the
prairie from what the houses were made of to the decorative aspects
of these simple, practical dwellings usually made with plaster or
The exhibits are located in the south wing of the National Buffalo
Museum, which houses a rich array of buffalo, pioneer and Indian
For further information about the exhibit, contact Donna Zimmerman,
National Buffalo Museum, Jamestown (Tel:701-252-8648) or Michael
M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, Fargo (Tel: 701-231-8461; E-mail: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu).
The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday noon to 5 p.m. until Memorial Day weekend. That weekend the
museum will switch to its summer hours, which will be from 9 a.m.
to 8 p.m. daily.
Admission cost at the museum are $3 for adults, $1 for students
ages 7-18, $7 per family and free.
Reprinted with permission of the Jamestown Sun.
|"The Kempf Family: Germans from Russia Weavers
on the Dakota Prairies", a traveling exhibit of the Germans
from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Library, Fargo.
||"German Russian Architecture",
a traveling exhibit of the State Historical Society of North