Ukrainians to visit NDSU and North Dakota in July

June 15, 2004

NDSU will host guests from Odessa, Ukraine, during their visit to North Dakota from July 21-27. The persons include 1) Lilia Belousova, Deputy Director and Head of the Department of Information, Publication and External Relations, State Archives of Odessa Region; 2) Dr. Sergey Yelizarov, Odessa Institute of Agriculture and private researcher; and 3) Pavel Pratchuk, educator, regional historian, and videographer. These Ukrainians arrive on July 1 in Los Angeles to being their visit to the USA.

The Ukrainians will visit NDSU on July 26, including the Department of Agricultural and Biosciences Engineering, Northern Crops Institute, Technology Research Park, Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection, and the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries.

Yelizarov and Belousova will be featured speakers at the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Convention, Modesto, CA, July 5-11; and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society Convention, Bismarck, July 22-24. They will travel through south central North Dakota on July 25th to visit historic German-Russian sites including the Lehr Tabernacle Campgrounds, Strasburg's Sts. Peter & Paul Church and iron cross cemetery. They will tour a wheat farm and a buffalo ranch near Streeter, hosted by State Senator Robert and Susan Erbele, Lehr.

Pratchuk will extend his stay until early August to also visit Canadian Mennonite Germans sites in Winnipeg, Steinbach and Winkler, Manitoba with Michael M. Miller, Germans from Russia Bibliographer. Pratchuk continues to do further videotaping in Ukraine for Germans from Russia documentary projects. Miller was in Odessa with a tour group for June 4-9 and met to finalize travel details with the Ukrainians who visit North Dakota.

Lilia Belousova is a guest of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia; Dr. Sergey and Eugenia Yelizarov are guests of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society; and Pavel Pratchek is a guest of the NDSU Libraries.

For further information, contact Michael M. Miller, 701-231-8416,

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