Minot State University Gallery, Minot, North Dakota
Carol Weigum Shaw's Family Rug
Rag rugs covered many families' cold floors here on the Dakota
prairie. Women saved scraps of fabric and would trade them with
their neighbors for an attractive color array.
Strips were braided and stitched together with strong thread to
form the rug. Carol remembered it only being used on Sundays. On
other days, the rug was in a closet where she found it long after
the home had been abandoned.
Katherina Deringer Mack's Shawl
This shawl was brought from the Kutschurgan colonies of South
Russia (today near Odessa, Ukraine) in 1914 by Katherina Deringer
Mack of Karlsruhe, North Dakota.
These shawls were used for dress, when riding in the sled on Sundays
or to go visiting. This black fringed double-weave woolen winter
shoulder shawl or lap shawl, has rust and dark green plaid patterns.
This was given to the collection by Theresa Mack Wald of Grand
Forks, North Dakota.
Ralph Ruff's "Bowtie" Quilt
This quilt was made especially for Ralph Ruff of Vacaville, California,
by his grandmother Katharina (Rieker) Kiesz in 1934. Katharina was
born in the village of Bergdorf and was married to Wilhlem Kiesz.
Ralph's mother was six months old when her family came to America
on the ship Red Star. Katharina's family first settled at
Bowdle, SD. They later moved to Ritzville, south of Spokane, Washington,
in the early 1900s.
After the death of Ralph's mother, Christina (Kiesz) Ruff, he
was raised by Grandmother and Grandfather Kiesz. Grandmother Kiesz
wanted Ralph to have a blanket that was just for him, so she saved
scraps of material, perhaps from old clothing, feed and flour sacks.
She sewed every stitch and Ralph, at age 9, helped to thread most
of the needles. It was her special gift to him. He presented the
quilt to the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection in February
Lillian Knittel Hoffmann's Doily
Lillian crocheted this doily with size 10 crochet thread in 1996
from a pattern called "Spider Doily".
She learned to crochet when she was 11 years old by watching over
her mother's shoulder. She was born eight miles south of Goodrich
and was raised near Wing and Arena, North Dakota. Lillian lived
in Esmond, North Dakota; Pinehurst, Idaho; and Santa Clara, California,
before returning to live in Harvey in 1981.
Hilda Kusler Hodgins' Shawl
During the nineteenth century, these black woolen shawls with
elegantly knotted silk-fringe were highly cherished by all fashionable
German ladies, especially for dress to church worship.
This particular silk-fringed black woolen shawl was purchased
by Karl Kusler in 1910 when revisiting his birth village of Worms
[Beresan District], Ukraine (South Russia) located about 80 miles
northeast of the city of Odessa. Karl's youngest daughter Hilda
Kusler Hodgins of Glückstal heritage and formerly of Beulah, North
Dakota, donated this family textile treasure in 1994.
Ethnic Bessarabian costumed-dolls made by Elvera Reuer, native
of Arzis, Bessarabia, living in Mesa, Arizona.
Salomina (Sommerfeld) Unrath's Blanket
Vi Schielke of Beulah, North Dakota, presented her grandmother
Salomina's canapee blanket to the collection on March 31, 1996.
Salomina was born in 1888 at the Bessarabian German village of Paris,
South Russia. As a newlywed, she immigrated to America in 1908 and
raised seven children.
The blanket was passed down through the maternal side of the family
from Salomia to her youngest daughter, Clara Unrath Kruckenberg.
Clara presented the blanket to her daughter, Vi Kruckenberg Schielke.
Vi remembers seeing the blanket carefully preserved in the family
Christina Zweigle Schmidt Schieve's Linen and Embroidery
Linen and cotton embossed floral embroidered pillow shams with
exquisite crocheted lace feature the handwork of Christina Zweigle
Schmidt Schieve, native of Alexanderhilf near Odessa, Ukraine who
settled at Harvey, North Dakota. Christina's daughters are "family
keepers" - Elsie Gimse, author/historian Edna Schieve Boardman,
and Vivian Berg, founding members of the Landsleute Chapter of the
Germans from Russia Heritage Society, Minot, North Dakota.