The GRHC has been conducting oral histories for over 25 years and include fascinating life stories such as Mathilda (Schlenker) Dockter of Streeter, ND, who was interviewed at age 105 in July, 2000; Sister Reinhardt Hecker interviewed in November 1993, who born in 1901 and immigrated from the village of Muenchen, South Russia with family to a farm near Belfield, ND; and Fern (Renner) Welk, wife of bandleader Lawrence Welk, who was interviewed in May and July, 1994. Click here to browse and listen to our digitized oral history interviews.

Dakota Memories

The Dakota Memories Oral History Project contains 199 oral histories and associated materials. The project’s mission is to preserve the history and heritage of second- and third-generation Germans from Russia. Interviews focusing on childhood memories and family relationships were conducted in North Dakota, South Dakota and southern Saskatchewan from 2005 to 2009. In short, they chronicle what it was like growing up German-Russian on the Northern Plains. The interviews can be viewed here.

Journey to the Homeland Tour Oral History Project

The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is excited to announce a new Oral History Project focusing on the Journey to the Homeland Tour. This project consists of three parts and will be led by Torie Jones, GRHC Graduate Assistant.

Torie Jones, GRHC Graduate Assistant, will reach out to tour members and conduct interviews with participants while they experience their ancestral history. If you have been on a tour in the past and would like to learn more about the project, please contact Torie at