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Celebrating the
250th Anniversary
of the First
Volga German Colonies
Friday, 19 June 2015
Concordia University Bell Tower on the Campus Green
      From 1764-1772, there were 106 German colonies established along the Volga River on the barren Russian steppe.
Lutheran Church in Shcherbakovka
Lutheran Church in Shcherbakovka
      To celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the establishment of the colony of Shcherbakovka (founded 15 June 1765), the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University is hosting a day-long seminar series in Lindsborg, Kansas. This series will focus on the history of a set of colonies commonly called the "Lower Volga Villages," a grouping consisting of Galka, Holstein, Dobrinka, Shcherbakovka, Kraft, Dreispitz, Schwab, and Müller.

      The public is invited to attend.

      This Volga German event is scheduled to coincide with Lindsborg's Midsummer's Festival the following day, Saturday, June 20. This traditional Swedish festival welcomes the arrival of the summer solstice with music, dancing, food, exhibits - and, of course, shopping. It will be a fun-filled day for the entire family and a great addition to the Volga German sessions on Friday.

Midsummer's Day in Lindsborg

Advanced Registration (before June 8) is required: $50 per person / $85 per couple

Registration includes all sessions and lunch.

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.


Sundstrom Conference Center
Registration, all sessions, and lunch
will be held at the
Sundstrom Conference Center,
102 N. Main St., Lindsborg, Kansas.

      Dr. Brent Mai, Director of the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, will be the 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 and graduated from Bethany College in Lindsborg in 1985 and continued his studies at George Washington University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Vanderbilt University.
      Following is the schedule of activities and presentations for the CVGS-sponsored conference in Lindsborg:

Brent Mai
Brent Mai
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome
9:15-10:00 Session 1: Introduction to the Volga Germans and their Heritage
10:15-11:00 Session 2: Genealogical Resources for the Volga Germans
11:15-Noon Session 3: Shcherbakovka at 250
Noon-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:00 Session 4: The "Lower Volga Villages"
2:15-3:00 Session 5: The 1941 Deportation of the Volga Germans
3:15-4:00 Session 6: The Volga Germans of Argentina & Brazil
4:15-5:00 Catch-up & Wrap-up

A delicious lunch (sandwich & soup/salad) is included with registration.

The Sundstrom Conference Center is located in the heart of towntown Lindsborg. There is parking along all of the major streets in the area.
Hotel Accommodations

There are several hotels/B&Bs in Lindsborg:

Coronado Motel & RV Park
305 N. Harrison St.
Lindsborg, Kansas

Swedish Country Inn
112 W. Lincoln St.
Lindsborg, Kansas

Viking Motel
446 N. Harrison St.
Lindsborg, Kansas

Seasons of the Fox Bed & Breakfast
505 N. Main St.
Lindsborg, Kansas

There are also several hotels about 20 minutes north of Lindsborg on the south end of Salina, Kansas, including:

Courtyard by Marriott
3020 Riffel Dr.
Salina, Kansas

Candlewood Suites
2650 Planet Ave.
Salina, Kansas

Comfort Suites
715 W. Schilling Rd.
Salina, 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 14 April 2015.