Prairie Public completes Teachers Guide for award-winning Germans from Russia documentary

October 25, 1999


Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc., and the North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, are pleased to announce the completion of the Teachers Guide to the award-winning documentary, "The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie."

Author of the Teachers Guide is Ron Vossler, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, scriptwriter for the Germans from Russia documentary. The Teachers Guide Advisory Group includes Jack Berkey, Discovery School, Fargo; Bob Dambach, Prairie Public Television; Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries; and Paul Whitney, Central Cass School, Casselton, ND.

There are four sections within the Teachers Guide: "Origins of the Germans from Russia," "Paradise on the Steppe," "Bound for the New World and Those Left Behind," and "In America." Teachers and students will find classroom and invidual research/writing projects as well as website activities for each section.

More than 300 "Germans from Russia" documentary videotapes and the Teachers Guides were recently sent to all North Dakota public and private schools compliments of Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc., and North Dakota State University Libraries. North Dakota history is covered at the 7th grade level in schools.

The complimentary videotapes and Teachers Guides were made possible because of fund-raising efforts of Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc., and the NDSU Libraries for the Germans from Russia documentary.

For further information or to secure the videotape, contact Prairie Public (Tel: 1-800-359-6900) or Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, Fargo (Tel: 701-231-8416; E-mail:

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