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.
October 18, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Brent Mai, Director of The Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS) will provide us with an update on the activities and plans for the CVGS over the next year.
The program will be held at The Center for Volga German Studies in the Concordia University Library (3rd floor). The program will begin at 2 p.m.
Our Oregon Chapter Bylaws require elections for open Officer and Director positions each October. The two-year terms for newly elected positions begin on January 1st. The Nominating Committee is recommending the following slate of candidates for election at our October 18th meeting:
Steve Schreiber, President (new term ends 2017)
Jim Holstein, Treasurer (new term ends 2017)
Mary Burbank, Secretary (new term ends 2017)
Roger Burbank, Director (new term ends 2017)
Harold Kammerzell, Director (new term ends 2017)
Ed Wagner, Director (new term ends 2017)
Lee Ann Schlager, Director (term ends 2017)
Please contact Herb Femling (Nominating Committee Chair) if you have other nominations you would like the committee to consider. Herb can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 21, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Prof. Hans Boas, from the University of Texas will discuss his work studying Texas German dialects. Many Germans who migrated to Texas came from the same areas in Germany where our ancestors lived before their migration to Russia. See the video below to learn more about the work being done by Prof. Boas.
December 12, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Please plan to attend our traditional Christmas program at St. Michael's Lutheran Church (across the street from the Concordia library).
The program will feature live holiday music and appearances from the Christkind and Pelznickel. Light snacks and beverages will be served.
Please invite your friends and family. Everyone is welcome!
If you have children or grandchildren who would enjoy playing a non-speaking part in the program, please contact Loretta Kammerzell at 360-722-2571.