History of Five Colonies: Founded between 1891 - 1902: East of Regina,
Compiled by Sebastian Michael Deck
Edmonton, Alberta, 1999, 22 pages, softcover.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to announce
publication of the Short History of Five Colonies. Sebastian
Michael Deck has provided a valuable publication for the Germans
from Russia community especially for persons who have ancestry to
the Beresan or Liebental villages, South Russia. Our appreciation
to Michael Deck for permitting the Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection to make available this informative publication.
The colonies founded southeast of Regina include: St. Joseph's
Colony, Balgonie (1891); St. Mary's Colony, Kronau (1893); St. Peter's
Colony, Kronau (1896); Rastadt Colony, Kronau (1896); and Speier
Colony, LaJord (1902).
Detailed plot maps are included as well as many black and white
and color photographs, maps, history and colony outline. The wrought-iron
crosses of these Catholic Black Sea Germans who immigrated from
villages of South Russia (today near Odessa, Ukraine) are vividly
shown including St. Peter's Cemetery at the Rastadt Colony.
Father Heinrich Metzger's beautiful paintings are included which
are found in these colony churches. Father Metzger was born in 1876
at Grendelbruch, Alsace, and died in Kronau, Saskatchewan in 1949.
He was the first priest of the parish of Kronau from 1916 to 1949.
Archival photographs used by Michael Deck in the publication were
used with permission of the Saskatchewan Archives Board, 3303 Hillsdale
Street, Regina, SK, Canada S4S 6W9. For further information, contact:
Claude Roberto, Government Archivist, Provincial Archives of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paintings by Father Metzger at
St. Peter's Church, Rastadt Colony, photo by Sebastian Deck,
Wrought-iron cross at northeast
of Rastadt (7 Colony), photo by Sebastian Deck, 1994.
Short History of Five Colonies
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