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, September 20, 2014 at Noon
German-American genealogy specialist Jewell Dunn will be our featured speaker on September 20th. Jewell is a professional genealogist and her presentation will focus on finding ancestral villages with gazetteers and maps. It will also touch on the importance of working on collateral family, village migration and relationships. Knowing names changes for villages in different languages and boundary changes can be vital in locating parish records. Researching collateral family is an important factor for research, especially when your direct line might have died at an early age.
Jewell's presentation will be both enlightening and entertaining!
We will begin with a potluck lunch at noon followed by the presentation at 1:00 pm. This program will be held at the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University which is located on the third floor of the George R. White Library.
Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Herb Femling will present on the origins of colonists migrating first to Denmark and later to the lower Volga region of Russia. Newly published information on this topic has helped many people find their origins in Western Europe. This program will be held at the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University which is located on the third floor of the George R. White Library.
Annual elections are held at our October meeting. The Oregon Chapter Bylaws require that the Nominating Committee, which is comprised of the 6 elected Directors, make a recommendation to the membership for candidates to fill open Officer and Directors positions. The candidates recommended by the Nominating Committee, and any nominations made by the membership, will be considered during our election meeting on October 19th. The Nominating Committee, led by Michael Frank, recommends the following candidates for our open Officer and Director positions:
Bob Thorn - 1st Vice President
Michael Frank - 2nd Vice President
Thelma Wiest - Director
Herb Femling - Director
All four positions will serve a two year term from January 2015 to December 2016.
Please contact Michael Frank if you have additional nominations.
Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at 1 p.m.
Join us for a German-Russian cooking demonstration by Heather Arndt Anderson. Heather's ancestry is from Norka, Russia and she is the author of "Portland: A Food Biography" and "Breakfast: A History."
Come and enjoy samples of some of our favorite ethnic foods.
Please note that this program will be held at the German American Society which is located at 5626 NE Alameda St, Portland, Oregon. There will be a $8 per person or $15 per couple fee to help cover program costs.