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CVGS Receives Grant from Oregon Cultural Trust
      Concordia's Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS) is one of 51 organizations across the state to receive a cultural development grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT). The $8,000 grant will provide support for a digitization project that will archive and make publicly accessible numerous photographs from Concordia's Volga German collection.
      Concordia boasts a unique cultural collection at its George R. White Library & Learning Center that places the University on the map for scholars around the world.

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Sabin Elementary School, Portland, Oregon Sabin Elementary School (1924)
Portland, Oregon.
Source: CVGS Collection.
A Year of Celebrations
A new venue has been added to the series of celebrations of the 250th Anniversary of the establishment of the first German colony along the Russian Volga River. Dr. Brent Mai, CVGS Director, will be speaking on the campus of Concordia University - Chicago in River Forest, Illinois, on Saturday, November 8. Additional information about this and other upcoming events can be found under the link to Exhibits & Events.
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Ruins of the Dobrinka Lutheran Church, 2008 Ruins of the
Lutheran Church in Dobrinka (2008).
Source: Ruben Bender Collection.
Inundation of several colonies by the Volga Reservoir
      In 1961, the Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) Hydroelectric Power Station was completed. The 4.9 kilometer-long dam, the largest in Europe, created the Volga Reservoir, the third largest in Russia. This reservoir inundated several of the former Volga German colonies. Several were also relocated. Vladimir Kakorin created an overlay of several maps from before and after the creation of the reservoir which show what happened to these colonies. Straub and Hölzel were relocated to higher ground, although they are much smaller than before. Preuss and Grüntal have disappeared.
      From top to botttom, the colonies shown on this particular section of the river are: Straub (relocated to higher ground), Warenburg, Preuss (completely gone), Hölzel (relocated to higher ground), Grüntal (completely gone), Neu-Warenburg (relocated to higher ground), and Seelmann.
New German Origins Posted to the CVGS Website
Newly discovered German origins have been posted for the following families:
Albach family that settled in Paulskaya & Breauregard
Aqua family that settled in Keller & Neu-Kolonie
Batthauer family that settled in Göbel
Bauer family that settled in Dönhof, Merkel, & Beideck
Becker family that settled in Dietel & Walter
Bender family that settled in Dönhof
Bonacker family that settled in Paulskaya & Orlovskaya
Borgdorf / Burgdorff family that settled in Stahl am Tarlyk
Brückmann family that settled in Köhler
Dierlam family that settled in Ernestinendorf & Biberstein
Dortmann family that settled in Kind, Paulskaya, & Näb
Eckler family that settled in Pfeifer
Engel family that settled in Beauregard & Reinhard
Fendel family that settled in Dönhof
Früauf family that settled in Norka
Gossmann family that settled in Göbel
Graf family that settled in Schilling
Harres family that settled in Schilling
Hecht family that settled in Göbel
Hederich family that settled in Orlovskaya, Hockerberg, & Hummel
Hegele family that settled in Beideck & Yagodnaya Polyana
Herber family that settled in Kind
Hölz family that settled in Frank, Rosenheim, & Warenburg
Horn family that settled in Orlovskaya & Hockerberg
Jacobi / Jacoby family that settled in Dönhof & Frank
Jäkel family that settled in Beideck
Junker family that settled in Rohleder & Herzog
Kappes family that settled in Mariental
Kexel family that settled in Boisroux, Bettinger, Fischer, Hockerberg, & Kind
Kildau / Kilthau family that settled in Kautz, Dietel, & Hussenbach
Langolf family that settled in Kind, Hummel, & Zürich
Lichtenwald family that settled in Dönhof
Maul family that settled in Schilling
Mertes family that settled in Mariental
Metz family that settled in Schilling
Michel family that settled in Näb
Miltenberger family that settled in Kautz
Mohr family that settled in Schilling
Neubauer family that settled in Kautz & Jost
Ott family that settled in Galka, Pobachnaya, & Stephan
Quin(d)t family that settled in Louis
Rau / Rauh family that settled in Dobrinka
Rettig family that settled in Kind& Schaffhausen
Reuter family that settled in Kautz
Röder family that settled in Beideck
Romeis family that settled in Norka
Rutz (Johann Matthias) family that settled in Dönhof
Saalfeld family that settled in Schilling & Stahl am Tarlyk
Sauerbrey family that settled in Hussenbach
Schander family that settled in Basel
Schreiber family that settled in Schilling
Simon (Georg Gottfried) family that settled in Dietel
Simon (Johann Georg) family that settled in Dietel
Sorg family that settled in Dönhof
Steinle family that settled in Dreispitz
Steinmetz family that settled in Frank
Strohmann family that settled in Dietel
Vogel family that settled in Dönhof
Other Recent Additions to the Website
New Translations Available
Translation of the 1850 & 1857 Censuses of Brabander, Dehler, Hölzel, Kukkus, Rosenheim, Schäfer, and Seelmann have been completed, along with the 1857 Censuses of Basel, Biberstein (aka Glarus), Hummel (aka Brockhausen), Meinhard, and Louis. These are among many census documents that have been translated.
Last updated 6 November 2014.