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Grand Opening, October 24-25

Concordia President Charles Schlimpert joined Steve Schreiber, Ed Wagner, and Brent Mai in cutting the ribbon for the Grand Opening of the Center for Volga German Studies in its new location in the new Concordia University Library on Saturday, October 24th.

By the end of the day, more than 200 people had visited the facility from the following locales across the Pacific Northwest:

From Oregon: Aloha, Beaverton, Clackamas, Glide, Gresham, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Portland, Saint Helens, Salem, Scappoose, Sherwood, Tigard, West Linn, and Wilsonville.

From Washington: Chinook, Enumclaw, Kelso, Kennewick, LaCenter, Lynden, Puyallup, Ridgefield, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Washougal, and Yakima.

Another 50 people attended the Volga German Worship Service on Sunday, October 25th.

An outline of the Grand Opening events follows:

Saturday, 24 October 2009

9:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting
Remarks by Concordia President Charles Schlimpert.

9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Genealogy Workshop
Research specialists will be on hand for the colonies of Ährenfeld,
Brunnental, Eckheim, Frank, Holstein, Hussenbach, Kautz, Kolb, Kraft,
Kratzke, Neu-Norka, Norka, Pobochnaya, Schönfeld, Walter, and
Yagodnaya Polyana among others.

2:00 p.m. Presentation: Richard Scheuerman
"A Steller View: The Contemporary Relevance of Russia's
18th Century Great Northern Expedition."

3:00 p.m. Presentation: Sherrie Stahl
"Gathering All the Data Types: Photos, Tape Recordings, Video
Recordings, Family Histories, and Books Bring History Alive."

4:00 p.m. Presentation: Steve Schreiber
"The Volga Germans of Portland."

5:00 p.m. Presentation: Brent Mai
"Volga Germans on the Move: Where They Came from and
Where They're Going."

Sunday, 25 October 2009
11:30 a.m. Volga German Worship Service
St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 6700 NE 29th Ave., Portland, Oregon
[across the street from the Concordia University Library]
Liturgist and Preacher: The Rev. Dr. George Muenich
Organist: Mrs. LeAnn Hilchen
Order of Service: Agende für die Evangelische-Lutherischen Gemeinden
        im Russischen Reiche
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Last updated 30 October 2009.