In Touch with Prairie Living
By Michael M. Miller
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) at the NDSU
Libraries in Fargo reaches out to prairie families and former Dakotans.
In various ways, it affirms the heritage of the Germans from Russia
as an important part of the northern plains culture.
The website of GRHC has an attractive new design and format: http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc.
May I invite you to review the web pages.
Many thanks to persons who attended the NDSU Libraries sponsored
outreach events in Scottsdale and Mesa, AZ, on March 3-4, 2001.
Many people with Dakota roots heard Vern Freeh, a native of Harvey,
ND, speak at the Scottsdale Public Library Theater about his new
book, Couldnt Be Better: The Russian Farm Community
Project. The book is available from the GRHC and at the Crystal
Cathedral Bookstore, Garden Grove, CA.
The GRHC has reprinted publications valuable to the Germans from
Russia community: 1) Pierce County Diamond Jubilee, 1886 -
1961: Rugby, No. Dak.; 2) Saints Peter and Paul Golden
Jubilee Book: Strasburg, N.D., 1948; 3) St. Josephs
Colony: 1905 - 1930," Saskatchewan, 1930; 4) Souvenir
des silbernen Jubilaeums der St. Josephs Gemeinde zu Dickinson,
Nord Dakota, 1902-1927, und meine Reise durch das Heilige Land,
1927; 5) Souvenir of the Golden Jubilee of St. Josephs
Parish: Dickinson, North Dakota, 1902-1952"; 6) The Volga
Germans, 1976; 7) Historical Sketches of the Parishes
of the Diocese of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan 1930-1955; 8)
History of Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan; 9) Ripening
Harvest: The Story of St. Josephs Colony, 1905-1955,"
Saskatchewan; 10) Short History of Five Cololonies: Founded
1891-1902: East of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1999. GRHCs
website now has available the jubilee or centennial books for Ashley,
Gackle, Harvey, McIntosh County, Napoleon, St. Anthony, Strasburg,
Streeter, and Wishek, ND; Eureka, SD; and Odessa, Saskatchewan.
All of these books are available by viewing the new GRHC website
Prairie Public Broadcasting is sponsoring the Cultural Heritage
Tour: Capitols of Eastern Europe for September 26 - October
7, 2001, including Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Leipzig,
and Berlin. For further information, visit Prairie Publics
website at http://www.prairiepublic.org
or call 1-800-359-6900. The tour is sponsored by Prairie Public
and the Germans from Russia Cultural Preservation Foundation.
The GRHC has recently published, Gazing Forward, Glancing
Back, Remembering Always: Memories Retold and Relived by the Community
of Streeter, North Dakota by Sandi Dewald. She shares a wonderful
story of special memories from many longtime Streeter families.
Sandi Dewald states in the introduction: This book is a tribute
and thank you to all the people who have shared their ideas, insight
and love with us. Without the help of each and every one, this book
would not be possible. The stories and advice in this book are true-life
experiences with the credit given to the individual whenever possible.
The NDSU Library, Fargo, features, the exhibit Germans from
Russia Wedding Traditions: From the Steppe of South Russia &
Bessarabia to the Dakota Prairies until June 1, 2001, at the
new Marie Rudel Portner Germans from Russia Room.
The award-winning documentary videotapes The Germans from
Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie (1999),
and Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia
(2000), continue to be well received throughout North America. To
secure the videotapes, contact Prairie Public at 1-800-359-6900.
The videotapes can also be secured by going to this GRHC website
at Videotape Documentary & Other Projects. The videotapes
include 20-minute bonus video footage, not shown in the one-hour
documentary. See many interesting pages about the documentary at
the Prairie Public Broadcasting website: http://www.prairiepublic.org.
Because of the interest developed from the Schmeckfest
documentary, additional cookbooks including German-Russian recipes
have been added to the GRHC website.
For further information about donations to the collection, including
family histories, outreach programs, videotape documentaries, Journey
to the Homeland Tour (May 22 to June 4, 2001) for Odessa, Ukraine
and Stuttgart, Germany; German-Russian cookbooks; GRHCs publications
including recent books, Gazing Forward...; Couldnt
Be Better: The Russian Farm Community Project, The Germans
by the Black Sea Between Bug and Dniester Rivers, Marienberg:
Fate of a Village, and The Dark Abyss of Exile: A Story
of Survival; and German-Russian heritage, contact Michael
M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599 (Tel:
701-231-8416; E-mail: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu;
GRHC website: http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc).