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.
June 21, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Alex and Nancy Herzog, from Boulder, Colorado, will discuss the impact on ethnic Germans of the 1941-1944 Nazi occupation of Southwest Ukraine. It is a fascinating story you will not want to miss.
This program will be held jointly with the Germans from Russia Oregon - Washington (GROW) at the German American Society building at 5626 N. E. Alameda, Portland, OR 97213. A $5 per person donation is requested.
A potluck dinner will be held after the program (approximately 3:30 pm). Please bring a salad, entree, side dish or dessert to share. A commercial refrigerator and food warmer are available at the German American Society.
July 2015 - AHSGR Annual Convention
There will be no Oregon Chapter program in July. Enjoy the summer and please plan to attend the AHSGR Convention in Billings, Montana!
August 8, 2015 from Noon to 4 p.m.
Please join us for the Oregon Chapter summer picnic at Camp Emerald Forest.
September 19, 2015 from Noon to 3 p.m.
David Karber will join us to make a presentation titled “Digging to Find the Roots of My Family Tree: How I Discovered My Mother’s Paternal Ancestry.“
Over the years, David knew little about his family’s ancestral heritage. In fact, his mother had no knowledge about where her father was born. Over the past 15 years, David and his wife, Elaine, have developed keen interests in their families’ heritage and have visited ancestral sites in Russia, Ukraine, and Prussia (Poland). They both are active in the Southern California Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (a joint chapter) where he is presently serving as Co-President and Treasurer. The Karbers reside in Long Beach, California.
The program will be held at The Center for Volga German Studies in the Concordia University Library (3rd floor). We'll begin with a potluck lunch at noon and the program will begin around 1 p.m.