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.
May 23rd, 2015 from Noon to 3 p.m.
Dr. Eric Schmaltz, Professor of History at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will discuss the Kaliningrad enclave of Russia and the debates over settlement of ethnic Germans there from 1990 to 2000. Kaliningrad was once the German city of Königsberg, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1255. The city was largely destroyed during World War II and its ruins were captured by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. The German population fled or was removed by force and the city was renamed Kaliningrad on July 4, 1946.
Dr. Schmaltz is a descendant of German Russian ancestors and is a member of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Center for Volga German Studies.
This program will be held at the Center for Volga German Studies on the third floor of the George R. White Library on the Concordia University campus.
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 story you will not want to miss.
This program will be held jointly with 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, sidedish or dessert to share.