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.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Join us for our traditional Christmas program which will be held at St. Michael's Lutheran Church across the street from the Concordia University Library.
We'll enjoy musical performances, share Christmas traditions and enjoy visits from the Pelnickel and Christkind.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Please bring a favorite holiday cookie or dessert to share. Children will receive a traditional "good bag" at the end of the program.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2 p.m.
At our January program, we will show the documentary "A Passage in Time - The Norka Film" which was recently released by AHSGR International. The original film was taken by Heinrich Wacker, a native of Norka and resident of Portland, who visited his home village in 1928. This is a unique view into life in the Volga German colonies. Don't miss this program!
Last updated December 8, 2016.