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Celebrating the
250th Anniversary
of the Founding
of Kamenka & Husaren
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Concordia University Bell Tower on the Campus Green
Kamenka Church
Ruins of St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Kamenka

      Husaren was founded on 13 June 1765 and Kamenka was founded on 6 July 1765 as the first two Roman Catholic colonies of 106 German colonies established along the Volga River on the barren Russian steppe.

      To celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the establishment of Husaren & Kamenka, the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University is hosting an anniversary luncheon and seminar series in Hays, Kansas, on Sunday, 19 July 2015.

      The public is invited to attend.


Because food is being served, advanced registration is required by July 8:
      $30 per person

Registration includes banquet luncheon and all sessions.

To register & pay by credit card, call Tanya at 503.493.6369.
If you prefer to pay by check, print the Registration Form, and mail it along with your check by July 8.


Registration, lunch, and all sessions will be at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall
(formerly the Fanchon Ballroom)
      2250 E. 8th St.
      Hays, Kansas

      Dr. Brent Mai, Director of the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, will be the primary speaker for the day. He has spoken world-wide on many topics related to Volga German history and culture. Dr. Mai grew up in Western Kansas (Sharon Springs), graduated from Bethany College in Lindsborg, and continued his studies at George Washington University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Vanderbilt University.

      Fabian Zubia-Schultheis, Volga German researcher from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will also be attending the celebration in Hays. He will present Session 3 "The Volga Germans of Argentina & Brazil."

      Following is the schedule of events for the day:

Brent Mai
Brent Mai

Brent Mai
Fabian Zubia

11:00-Noon Registration & Visiting
Noon-1:30 Anniversary Luncheon & presentation "The Histories of Husaren & Kamenka" (luncheon features Bierocks, Galushkies, beans and noodles, potatoes and dumplings, and green bean dumpling soup, coffee/tea/water, and dessert)
1:45-2:30 Session 1: Introduction to the Volga Germans and their Heritage
2:45-3:30 Session 2: Settlement on the Kansas Prairie
3:45-4:30 Session 3: The Volga Germans of Argentina & Brazil
4:45-5:30 Session 4: The 1941 Deportation of the Volga Germans

Lunch is included with the cost of registration.

There is a large parking lot in front of the Fanchon Ballroom. No fee.
Hotel Accommodations

There are many hotels in Hays. Here is the contact information for several of them:

Baymont Inn & Suites
3801 N. Vine St.
Hays, Kansas

Best Western Butterfield Inn
1010 E. 41st St.
Hays, Kansas

Fairfield Inn
377 Mopar Dr.
Hays, Kansas

Hampton Inn
4002 General Hays Rd.
Hays, Kansas

Holiday Inn Express
4650 Roth Ave.
Hays, Kansas

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are several opportunities to have your family, company, or organization recognized during the conference. For details, contact Tanya Bushnell (email: tbushnell@cu-portland.edu; phone: 503.493.6369).
Last updated 16 June 2015.