The Volga Germans

Heritage of Kansas, Special Issue, Emporia State College, Emporia, Kansas, volume 9, numbers 2 and 3, 1976, 93 pages, softcover.


The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection wishes to extend appreciation to the Center for Great Plains Studies, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, for permission to reprint this outstanding special edition of Heritage of Kansas. This publication is most valuable for the Germans from Russia community and especially the Volga Germans.

The publication includes these informative articles: 1) "The History of the Volga Germans in Ellis and Rush Counties, Kansas"; 2) "The German Language in Ellis County, Kansas"; 3) "German Folk Songs from Ellis County"; 4) "Volga German Food Customs"; 5) "Volga German Recipes"; 6) "Volga German Beliefs and Superstitions"; 7) "Proverbs of Volga German Settlers in Ellis County"; 8) "Two Volga German Games"; 9) "Volga German Customs"; 10) "The Hammered Dulcimer in Ellis County"; 11) "Meatless Dishes Among the Volga Germans of Ellis County, Kansas"; 12) and "Steel Crosses in German Catholic Cemeteries in Ellis, Rush, and Russell Counties".

There are numerous photographs, maps and illustrations found throughout the pages. Included are Volga German recipes and songs.

St. Joseph's Church, Hays, Kansas.
St. Joseph's Church, Liebenthal, Kansas.
Iron cross in Victoria, Kansas cemetery.
Iron cross with triple circles containing eight-pointed stars in Victoria, Kansas cemetery.


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