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Celebrating Catherine's Invitation
24-26 April 2013
Best Western Icicle Inn
Leavenworth, Washington
Concordia University Bell Tower on the Campus Green
This year we celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the proclamation of the 2nd Manifesto issued by Catherine the Great that invited the Germans to settle along the Volga River in Russia. In celebration of this anniversary, the Center for Volga German Studies presents in Leavenworth, Washington, a series of programs on the history, culture, food customs, architecture, music, and genealogy of the Volga Germans.

The public is invited to attend.

Cost is $95 for the day which includes all programs over the 3 days along with banquets on both Wednesday & Thursday evenings (Thursday lunch is on your own).

Pre-registration by 5:00 p.m. on April 10 is required.

Call Linda Church at 503.493.6460 to pre-register.

Special $109 rate (plus tax) is available at the Best Western Icicle Inn, 505 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826. To make a reservation, call 1-800-558-2438 and ask for the CNC/AHSGR rate.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Welcome Reception
Host: Jean Roth, Seattle, Washington
Jean will host a reception in her suite for those who arrive early on Wednesday afternoon. Renew acquaintenances and make new ones over a drink of your choice and snacks.
Jean Roth
Jean Roth
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Catherine and Her Manifesto
Speaker: Brent Mai, Beaverton, Oregon
Following a delicious dinner, Prof. Mai will speak about Catherine the Great's Manifesto. Only twenty-one days after her coronation, Catherine the Great issued the first invitation on 4 December 1762 for Germans to come to Russia - but not many responded. She and her advisors regrouped and issued a second manifesto on 22 July 1763. Over 30,000 answered that call!
Brent Mai
Brent Mai
Thursday, 25 April 2013

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. : Who Were the Germans Who Went to the Volga?
Presenter: Jean Roth, Seattle, Washington
What was going on in Central Europe in 1762-1766 that caused people to consider immigrating to a distant land? Jean has researched the backgrounds of the immigrants that founded the Volga German colony of Walter, and she will share what her research as revealed to provide some context to this topic.
Jean Roth
Jean Roth
10:30 a.m. - Noon - Volga German Church Architecture in Argentina
Presenter: Brent Mai, Beaverton, Oregon.
Soon after their arrival in Argentina in 1878, Volga German immigrants and their descendants began construction of churches in their communities. Brent will show photos of many of these magnificent structures, both Catholic and Protestant, and discuss the histories of those colonies and their religious development.
Brent Mai
Brent Mai
Noon - 2:00 p.m. - Lunch
Lunch is on your own (not included with registration cost). There are dozens of wonderful German restaurants off the central square in Leavenworth. There are also other ethnic restaurants as well. The square is about a 15 minute walk from the Icicle Inn, but there is also plenty of parking on the square if you want to drive.
Leavenworth, Washington
Central Square
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - The Volga Germans of the Palouse
Presenters: Dr. Richard Scheuerman, Spanaway, Washington
Volga German immigrants first arrived in the Palouse in 1882 - coming from the east (Nebraska) and the west (Portland). Dr. Scheuerman will discuss their early settlements and the lives of these hearty pioneers.
Richard Scheuerman
Richard Scheuerman
3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Researching the Volga Germans in the Americas
Presenter: Brent Mai, Beaverton, Oregon
Volga Germans began large-scale immigration to the Americas in 1874. Today one finds Volga German descendants in the U.S. & Canada along with most countries of South America, particularly Argentina and Brazil. Brent, whose ancestors come from the colony of Kratzke, will explore the genealogical resources available for researching the Catholic and Lutheran colonists that settled throughout the Americas.
Brent Mai
Brent Mai
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Journey to the Volga
Presenter: Dr. Richard Scheuerman, Spanaway, Washington
Following another delicious dinner, Dr. Scheuerman will discuss the 1760s journey from the Hessen-Palatinate area of what is today Southwest Germany to the Russian Volga, an arduous journey that took more than a year. Many of the settlers died along the way.
Richard Scheuerman
Richard Scheuerman
Friday, 26 April 2013

9:00 a.m. - Noon : Council of Northwest Chapters
Convener: Charles Saranto, Touchet, Washington
The Council of Northwest Chapters (CNC) will hold its semi-annual business meeting.
Charles Saranto
Charles Saranto
Last updated 21 March 2013.