32 Americans and Canadians on the Steps of Their Ancestors Visiting Seltz

"32 Americans and Canadians on the Steps of Their Ancestors Visiting Seltz" Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace à Wissembourg, Alsace, France, 31 May 2016, 47.

Translation by Raphael Chiantello, Seltz, Alsace, France.


On Friday, May 24th, a group of 32 Americans and Canadians came to Seltz in the steps of their ancestors. The 23rd Journey to the Homeland was organized by Michael Miller, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, and now Jeremy Kopp, and has stopped in Seltz the last 12 years.

The group has visited the museum Krumacker, Seltz town center, the Saint Stephen's Catholic Church and traveled through time from bronze age to 21st century guided by Raphaël Chiantello.

Seltzers, and other Rhenish people (Palatines, Badeners and Northern Alsatians) have left the area at the beginning of the 19th century to settle in the now southern Ukraine in the area near Odessa. They founded in 1808, the village of Seltz (Kutschurgan District). Around 1890, some of their grandchildren emigrated to North America. The village of "Seltz" was founded in North Dakota.

Mylène Heck, City of Seltz councilwoman, welcomed the American cousins, in Alsatian dialect. Some of them speak or understand the Alsatian dialect, despite the generations between the first courageous emigrants and us.

The group started their European trip in Berlin and then to Odessa, Ukraine, where they visited Seltz (now Limanskoye), and then a few days in Stuttgart, Germany and Alsace.

A rendezvous is being arranged for a visit next year.

(l-r): Jeremy Kopp & Michael Miller, GRHC, NDSU Libraries, Fargo, Mylene Heck & Raphael Chiantello, Seltz, Alsace, France.

23rd Journey to the Homeland Tour Group, 24 May 2019, Seltz, Alsace, France.

Article courtesy of Raphael Chiantello, Seltz, Alsace, France.


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