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.
Just to keep everyone in the loop... Our April program has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 precautions. So February 16th turned out to be our last meeting at Concordia. Thank you to everyone who came out and made it a great one!
For the time being, the board has decided to partner with our Black Sea cousin organization, GROW, to have joint programs at the German American Society. A big thank you to GROW for reaching out and welcoming us in our time of need!
Next programs are tentatively scheduled for May 31st and June 28th before taking the summer off. However, we of course will be following the guidance of state health authorities when the time comes to make a decision on whether to actually hold those programs.
So, until we are able to meet again, please stay safe and healthy. And keep washing your hands and maintain social distance! We want to see your smiling faces again when we all emerge out of hibernation.
Last updated March 21, 2020.