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Celebrating 250 Years of
Volga German History

24-25 September 2016
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

SOLD OUT!
Concordia University Bell Tower on the Campus Green
Trinity Lutheran Church, Sheboygan
Trinity Lutheran Church (1904)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
      The Center for Volga German Studies is hosting a Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the German colonies along Russia's Volga River. The celebration will include a seminar series and other events to be held in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 24-25 September 2016. As details are finalized, they will be posted here.

      A Celebration for the 250th Anniversaries for the colonies of Reinwald, Schäfer, Schulz, Krasnoyar, and Enders will be featured during this event because of the large number of Volga Germans and their descendants who settled in the Sheboygan area.

      The public is invited to attend.

Registration

Because food is being served, please register by September 1.
      $30 per person (by September 1)
      $40 per person (after September 1)

Registration includes all sessions and a boxed lunch on Saturday.

To register & pay by credit/debit card, use the online form.

If you prefer to pay by check, print the Registration Form, and mail it along with your check so that it arrives by September 1. Please note, this event is SOLD OUT.

If you have questions, please call Tanya at 503.493.6369.

[Note: There is no discount for partial attendance of this event. Notice of cancellation before 1 September 2016 will receive a full refund; after 1 September 2016 will receive no refund.]

Optional banquet: There will be an optional banquet dinner at Al & Al's Steinhaus on Saturday evening. The cost is $20 per person, payable at the restaurant. To reserve a seat(s), please contact Travis Gross, Director of the Sheboygan County Historical Society & Museum by 16 September: travis.gross@sheboygancounty.com or 920.458.1103. Email is preferred.

Location

Sheboygan County Historical Museum
Sheboygan County Historical Museum
Saturday: Registration and all events will be held at the Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum.
      3110 Erie Ave.
      Sheboygan, WI 53081
      920.458.1103

Saturday Evening Banquet:
      Al and Al's Steinhaus
      1502 S. 12th St., Sheboygan
      920.452.5530

Sunday: All events will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church.
      824 Wisconsin Ave.
      Sheboygan, WI 53081
      920.458.8246

Parking: Free onsite parking at all locations.

Speaker

      Dr. Brent Mai, Director of the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, will be the keynote speaker for the event. 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.
Brent Mai
Brent Mai
Saturday Schedule, 24 September 2016
8:00-9:00 Registration and Breakfast (Exhibits Available)
   
9:00-10:00 Session 1: Introduction to the Volga Germans and their Heritage (Brent Mai)
   
10:15-11:00 Session 2: The Geography of the Volga Germans (Brent Mai)
   
11:15-12:15 Session 3: Sheboygan's Connection to the Volga Germans (Emma Thieme, Brent Mai, Anna Dalhaimer Bartkowski, and Peter Kaland)
   
12:15-1:30 Lunch and free time for Exhibits, Networking, Book Sales, etc.
   
1:30-2:00 Session 4: Jacob's House: Life in Russia (Peter Kaland)
   
2:00-2:30 Session 5: Sheboygan: As the Germans Arrive (Scott Lewandoske)
   
2:40-3:30 Session 6: Migration to the United States (Brent Mai)
   
3:30-4:30 Session 7: Volga German Colony Histories: Reinwald, Schäfer, Schulz, Krasnoyar, and Enders (Sue Hess, Peter Kaland, Kevin Greatens, Brent Mai)
   
4:30-5:00 Session 8: Volga German Cooking (Anna Dalhaimer Bartkowski)
   
5:00-5:30 Exhibits open until 5:30.
   
6:30-8:30 German Banquet & Program (Speaker: Brent Mai)
Al & Al's Steinhaus (Separate Ticket Required - see below)
1502 South 12th St., Sheboygan

Optional banquet: There will be an optional banquet dinner at Al & Al's Steinhaus on Saturday evening. The cost is $20 per person, payable at the restaurant. To reserve a seat(s), please contact Travis Gross, Director of the Sheboygan County Historical Society & Museum by 16 September: travis.gross@sheboygancounty.com or 920.458.1103. Email is preferred.

Sunday Schedule, 25 September 2016
9:15-9:30 Gathering at Trinity Lutheran Church
824 Wisconsin Ave., Sheboygan
   
9:30-10:30 Sunday School: Churches of the Volga Germans (Brent Mai)
   
10:45-12:15 Worship Service
   
12:15-1:15 Lunch
   
1:15-1:45 Introduction to Volga German Genealogy Resources (David Markgraf)
   
1:45-5:00 Networking, Research, and One-on-one Genealogy Sessions with Brent Mai
Area Hotels

LaQuinta Inn
2932 Kohler Memorial Dr.
Telephone: 920.457.2321

Quality Inn
4332 N. 40th St.
Telephone: 920.457.7724

Holiday Inn Express
3823 Germaine Ave.
Telephone: 920.451.8700

The American Club
419 Highland Dr.
Telephone: 800.344.2838

Last updated 1 June 2016.