Thank you for your interest in the Oregon Chapter of The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR). Our organization is a resource for learning about the rich history and heritage of this ethnic group.
Migrating primarily from the German speaking areas of Western Europe beginning in the 1760's, these colonists settled in many parts of the Russian Empire where they built stable communities, established farms, churches, schools and businesses in their new homeland.
In the late 19th century, many of these ethnic Germans looked to the Americas to find new opportunities, escape political repression and preserve their way of life. By the early 1880's these pioneers were moving west and many made their new homes in the Pacific Northwest. The Germans from Russia became an integral part of the diverse fabric of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
We hope that you will join us to explore the culture, history and heritage of the Germans from Russia and become active in its preservation.
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December 12, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Please plan to attend our traditional Christmas program at St. Michael's Lutheran Church (across the street from the Concordia library).
The program will feature live holiday music and appearances from the Christkind and Pelznickel. Light snacks and beverages will be served.
Please invite your friends and family. Everyone is welcome!
January 16, 2016
We will present the Prairie Public Broadcasting documentary titled We (Never) Don't Forget Germans from Russia in South America which was released in the summer of 2015.
Like North America before the turn of the 1900s, South America was a land of opportunity - a magnet of immigration from Europe and Asia. Many of these immigrants were directly related to Germans from Russia in the United States and Canada. They were a mixture of Black Sea Germans, Volga Germans, Volhynian Germans, Bessarabian Germans and Mennonite Germans.
We (Never) Don't Forget Germans from Russia in South America examines the history, language, music, religion, foodways, and culture of this ethnic group and chronicles how these traditions are flourishing across generations.
This program will be held at The Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University which is located on the third floor of the George R. White Library and Learning Center.