Volga German Heritage
14 November 2015
The public is invited to attend.
Regular Registration: $50 per person for registration received after November 7 or at the door.
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. To qualify for the Early Registration rate, payment must be received by November 7.
Lory Student Center
|Registration and all sessions will be in the Long's Peak Room of the newly renovated Lory Student Center on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado (Campus Map).
Physical address for GPS:
599 South Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Parking: Please use Lot 310 (Parking Map).
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, whose father's side is Volga German, grew up in Western Kansas, graduated from Bethany College in Lindsborg, and continued graduate studies at George Washington University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Vanderbilt University.
|8:30 - 9:00||Registration & Visiting|
|9:00 - 10:00||Session 1: Introduction to the Volga Germans and their Heritage
Everyone starts on a different page when it comes to their knowledge of who the Volga Germans are and how their culture has developed. This session will bring all attendees to the same place in that understanding - and we'll carry on from there.
|10:15 - 11:00||Session 2: The History of the Colony of Balzer
Balzer was founded on 28 August 1765 and this year marks the 250th Anniversary of its establishment. We'll explore the history of Balzer and its people.
|11:15 - Noon||Session 3: The Geography of the Volga Germans
The treck of the Volga Germans around the world creates an interesting study in geographic adaptability. We'll study that journey as well as the changing topography of the Volga Region itself.
|Noon - 1:30||Lunch
Lunch will be on your own. There are dining opportunities in the Lory Student Center as well as nearby restaurants where you can obtain nourishment that will sustain you through the afternoon. This is also a good time to meet fellow seminar attendees and share personal stories.
|1:30 - 2:15||Session 4: Genealogy Resources for the Volga Germans
In this session, you'll get an overview of the basic genealogical resources for Volga German researchers and how they work together to begin building your family tree.
|2:30 - 3:15||Session 5: A Day-in-the-Life of the Volga Germans
What was it like to live in the Volga German colonies in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? How did daily life change over time? In this session, we'll explore what daily colony life was like for your ancestors.
|3:30 - 4:30||Session 6: The Deportation of the Volga Germans in 1941
Shortly after Hitler invaded Russia in 1941, Stalin had all the Volga Germans deported to Siberia. We'll take a first hand look at how the 177-year-long geographic history of the Volga Germans came so abruptly to an end in September 1941.
|4:45 - 5:30||Session 7: The Volga Germans Today
In the final session of the day, we'll take a look at today's descendants of the Volga Germans. How many are there? Where are they? How did they get there? Is there still evidence of Volga German culture out there today? These and other questions will be discussed as we bring the contemporary history of Volga Germans to life.
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