of the Founding
Saturday, 18 July 2015
To celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the establishment of Holstein, the descendants of Leonhard Maÿ (d. 1667) and the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University are hosting an ALL MAI FAMILY REUNION in Russell, Kansas, on 18 July 2015.
Most descendants of Leonhard Maÿ use the spelling of Mai or May today. Leonhard lived in the German village of Spackbrücken, southeast of Darmstadt in the contemporary German State of Hessen. Some of his descendants immigrated to Russia in the 1760s and then on to North & South America beginning in the 1870s. Some immigrated directly from Spachbrücken to the U.S. in the 1830s & 1840s.
Cost for the day (includes lunch, all programs, dinner, and dance):
$24.00 per adult
$8.50 per child (age 3-10; 2 & under free)
To attend only the dance, the cost is $10 per person, payable at the door.
To register & pay by credit card, call Tanya Bushnell at 503.493.6369.
If you prefer to pay by check, call Tanya, and she will assist with that process.
248 Bob Dole Dr.
This reunion is hosted by the Reinhardt Mai family under the leadership of Linda Mai Dunekack & Marilyn Mai Haffner along with Brent Mai, Director of the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.
|9:15-10:00||Session 1: Spachbrücken - Our Ancestral Home in Germany
The Mai family begins in the small German village of Spachbrücken, southeast of Darmstadt, in the modern State of Hessen.
|10:15-11:00||Session 2: Introduction to the Volga Germans and their Heritage
How did our family come to be in Russia?
|11:15-Noon||Session 3: The History of Holstein, Kratzke, Ährenfeld, & Eckheim
Our family first settled in the colony of Holstein with subsequent generations re-settling to the colonies of Kratzke, Ährenfeld, and Eckheim.
|12:30-1:45||Banquet Luncheon - your choice of fried chicken or smothered steak along with potato casserole, green beans, corn, tossed salad, pistashio fluff, oreo fluff, and bread & butter.|
|1:45-2:30||Session 4: Immigration to the U.S., Canada, and Argentina
Beginning in 1830s, descendants of Leonhard Maÿ began moving to the U.S. from Germany. They were followed in 1876 by those who had moved first to Russia.
|2:45-3:30||Session 5: The 1941 Deportation of the Volga Germans
Our relatives who remained in Russia suffered a terrible fate which culminated with their eviction to Siberia in September 1941.
|3:45-4:30||Session 6: Our Musical Heritage
Music is a very important part of Volga German culture. Garry Batt & his son Terry will take us on a stroll through our musical heritage.
|4:45-5:30||Session 7: Questions & Wrap-up
Question & Answer forum on all things about the history of the descendants of Leonhard Maÿ.
A time to celebrate our heritage and our family over a sandwich buffet: roast beef, ham, & turkey along with cheese, potato salad or slaw, baked beans, chips, and chocolate cake.
Enjoy dancing to traditional & contemporary music provided by Garry Batt!
1225 S. Fossil St.
Fossil Creek Hotel & Suites (reunion rate $84.99 if reserved before July 3)
1430 S. Fossil St.
1405 S. Fossil St.
There are also a number of hotels in Hays, 30 minutes west of Russell. Here is the contact information for several of them:
Baymont Inn & Suites
3801 N. Vine St.
Best Western Butterfield Inn
1010 E. 41st St.
377 Mopar Dr.
4002 General Hays Rd.
Holiday Inn Express
4650 Roth Ave.