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, March 21, 2015 from Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Bruno Reule will tell his incredible story of survival as a young man living in Eastern Europe during World War II. It is a story you will not want to miss.
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. A potluck lunch begins at noon with the program beginning at 1:00 pm.
Sunday, April 26th, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tanja Schell will join us in April to discuss the personal research she has done on her family’s history in the 20th century, especially with regard to the 1930s and 1940s. Tanja will also present several videos of older Volga Germans who live in Germany and Russia. These videos are examples of oral history on topics ranging from folklore to personal memories about their life in Siberia after the 1941 deportation.
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.