Can Help the Children and Teachers in the Ukr
To: Friends and Colleagues and Persons interested in future tours
Journey to the Homeland: Germany and Ukraine
From: Michael M. Miller, Germans from Russia Bibliographer, Tour
Director, Journey to the Homeland: Germany and Ukraine
Warmest regards from the campus of North Dakota State University!
Please find enclosed the brochure, You
Can Help the Children and Teachers in Ukrainian Schools.
The brochure has been sent to 1) persons joining the June tours;
2) persons on our wait-list for future tours in 1997 and 1998; and
3) friends and colleagues of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.
Join us to bring basic school supplies to the children in the former
German villages near Odessa, Ukraine.
When the idea of bringing school supplies was first discussed
with some of the June tour group members, there was an enthusiastic
and positive response. Recently I received an electronic mail message
from Margaret Freeman of Redondo Beach, CA, informing me that Gwen
Pritzkau of Salt Lake City, UT, had already collected 3,000 donated
pencils for the Ukrainian school children. Gwen and Margaret join
the June tour to Germany and Ukraine.
Emilie Kessler Link of Bismarck who teaches German at St. Mary's
Elementary School will lead a program of gathering school supplies
for the former German villages, donated by the pupils at St. Mary's.
Emilie and Raymond Link join Tour Group II (17 June-2 July 1996)
for their historic visit to Odessa and Stuttgart. Emilie will visit
the former German village of Mnchen (Munich) [Beresan Enclave]
near Odessa where she was born and lived as a child until she was
ten years old. The Links will celebrate their wedding anniversary
between 24 June-1 July when they visit Odessa.
Carol Just Halverson of St. Louis Park, MN, a LaMoure, ND native,
leads a project of gathering school supplies with her daughter's
elementary school classroom, as well as within the German-Russian
community in the Twin Cities area.
Initial plans have begun for the 1997 tours. The dates will likely
be 18-21 days late May and early June, 1997. One week will be spent
in Odessa and the former Bessarabian and Black Sea German villages
with the other days tentatively set for Kiev,
St. Petersburg, and Germany. The 1997 tour will not include the
Germans from Russia gathering in Stuttgart, called the Bundestreffen,
since this event is held every two years. The 1998 tour will include
the Bundestreffen in June as well as one week in Odessa. You will
be notified regarding dates and registration for the 1997 tours.
Because of the growing interest for persons desiring to visit
Odessa and the former German villages, we may need to consider offering
an early 1997 autumn tour. This tour would likely occur in late
August/early September, 1997. We are hesitant to pursue tours during
July and August due to the warm temperatures and lack of air conditioning
in the Ukraine.
Should you have additional questions regarding the 1997 and 1998
tours, please feel encouraged to contact me. Let me know if you
have additional names and addresses we should add to our wait-list
for future tours. Write to Michael M. Miller, Journey to the Homeland
Tours, NDSU Libraries, P.O. Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599 (Tel:
701-231-8416; Fax: 701-231-7138; E-mail: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu).
Join us to bring school supplies to the Ukrainian school children.