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Celebrating the
250th Anniversary
of the First
Volga German Colonies
Saturday, 4 October 2014
Concordia University Bell Tower on the Campus Green
      This year marks the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the first five German colonies along the Volga River in Russia: Anton, Beideck, Dobrinka, Galka, and Schilling. The Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University is hosting a conference on the campus of Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California, in celebration of these anniversaries!

The public is invited to attend.


Early Registration is $25 (registration postmarked on or before September 26).
Onsite Registration is $30 (registration mailed after September 26 & at the door).
Child Registration is $15 (age 12 & younger, register any time).

To register & pay by credit card, call Sue Cotton at 503.493.6369.
To register & pay by check, print the Registration Form and mail it in with your check. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by September 26 to qualify for the early registration rate.


All sessions will be held on the campus of Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California [campus map]. Registration will be in Marpeck Hall which is located east of the corner of Chestnut & Hamilton Avenues.

There are several University parking lots located along Chestnut (just north of Hamilton), and on weekends permits are not required to park there.

Following is the schedule of presentations for the day:

9:00-9:45 Session 1: Introduction to the Volga Germans and their Heritage (Dr. Brent Mai)
10:00-10:45 Session 2: The Influence of the Moravian Brotherhood on the Volga Germans (Prof. Fabian Zubia-Schultheis, via live video feed from Buenos Aires, Argentina)
11:00-11:45 Session 3: Volga German Churches on the Steppe - Expressing Faith through Architecture (Dr. Brent Mai)
Noon-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:15 Session 4: Fresno and Her Volga Germans (Dr. Brent Mai)
2:30-3:15 Session 5: Settlement & History of the Volga German colonies of Anton, Beideck, Dobrinka, Galka, and Schilling (Dr. Brent Mai)
3:30-4:15 Session 6: A Metzler Family Reunion - Reconnecting with Cousins in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Kazakhstan, and the U.S. (Carla Wills-Brandon)
4:30-5:15 Session 7: Deportation: The 1941 Trek to Siberia (Dr. Brent Mai)

Lunch is not included with registration. There are several restaurants in the vicinity, and the campus dining hall located in the Steinert Campus Center will also be open.
Sponsorship Opportunities

There are several opportunities to have your family, company, or organization recognized during the conference. For details, contact Sue Cotton (email: scotton@cu-portland.edu; phone: 503.493.6369).
Last updated 10 September 2014.