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.
Picnic - Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 11 a.m to 4 p.m
Oregon Chapter members are invited to attend the Germans from Russia Oregon and Washington (GROW) picnic which will be held at Willamette Park in West Linn (not Portland). We hope to see you there!
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 2 p.m.
The Catherine the Great 250th Anniversary Adventure!
Join Volga German author and historian Dr. Richard Scheuerman for pictures and stories related to his 2017 tour to Germany and Russia to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Volga German colonization. Among several new features will be a look at the recently discovered St. Petersburg lodgings used by our people on their trek to the East, and other fascinating aspects of our remarkable heritage.
The program will be held on the third floor of the Concordia University Library, adjacent to the Center for Volga German Studies.
Last updated July 24, 2017.