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, January 17th, 2015 at Noon
One of our most popular programs in 2014 was a panel discussion about growing up in the German Russian community in Albina. In January, we will host Part 2 of this lively discussion with Jerry Schleining, Harold and Loretta Kammerzell and Kris Zelinka.
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. Please bring a salad, entree, side dish or dessert.
Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at Noon
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.
Watch a BBC interview with Prof. Boas
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.