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.
Sunday, December 3rd at 2 p.m
Oregon Chapter AHSGR members are invited to attend the Germans from Russia Oregon and Washington (GROW) Christmas program at the German American Society at NE 57th Ave & Sandy Blvd in Portland.
Their annual Christmas Program includes music performances, "Most Memorable Christmas" stories, group singing of German & English Christmas Carols, the search for the Christmas Pickle by the children, and a visit by Belznickel (Santa) to hear the wishes of the Kinder (children) and pass out goody bags to all who attend.
They will also have a potluck (bring anything you'd like to share) and a cookie sale. We ask that everyone bring 3 to 4 dozen cookies - either homemade or store-bought are welcome. For $5 you can select cookies to fill a coffee can (bring your own or we will have a few available). Bring your friends and family, especially the children.
Last updated October 31, 2017.