The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) will host its international convention from June 10-17 in Hays, Kansas.
History will be explored from the time nearly 250 years ago when Catherine the Great induced about 25,000 “Germans” (which also included people from France, Denmark, Sweden and Poland) to migrate halfway around the world to settle in the Volga River Valley to the time 25 years later when almost 50,000 settled in the Black Sea region.
For 150 years, these pioneers fought to survive the elements, marauding tribesmen and the Russians, finally succumbing to communism and World War II. From a population estimated as high as 2 million, almost none remain in the original areas of settlement. A great diaspora occurred, scattering the survivors literally to the four corners of the world — United. States, Canada, South Africa, South America, Siberia and eastern Germany.
If you have roots from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains (and also the farming country of California) and have some “German” ancestors, you might have a tie to this rich and at times tragic heritage.
For more information or to register, contact the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia at (402) 474-3363.