To support research into and preservation of the heritage, history, traditions, and accomplishments
of the Volga Germans.
Information about registration and a schedule of events can be found on the website of each event. Please contact the CVGS by email or by phone at 503.493.6369 if you have questions.
Mural with restoration in progress.
The Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS) at Concordia University is the proud new steward of The Lord Is My Shepherd, a large-scale painting by Northwest artist Colista Murray Dowling. The painting depicts Christ holding a lamb, tending both a literal and figurative flock of sheep and children, with his "followers" waving pennants and marching forth on a path in the background. Until recently, the painting adorned the apse behind the choir loft of St. Paul's Evagelical & Reformed Church on the northeast corner of the intersection at Eighth & Failing Street in northeast Portland.
This neighborhood was originally inhabited by immigrant families, predominately Volga Germans. The church was founded in 1904 by several families, many of whom were originally from the Volga German colonies of Brunnental and Grimm. Rev. Jacob Hergert, the first pastor of St. Paul's, was also an immigrant from Brunnental. He led the congregation for its first 17 years.
Mural as it adorned St. Pauls
from 1938 to 2015
The Good Shepherd (restored!)
Etzel family that settled in Dietel, Huck, & Hussenbach
Heller family that settled in Dietel
Hetzel family that settled in Dietel, Huck, & Hussenbach
Horst family that settled in Huck, Norka, Schilling, Frank, & Kolb
Kaltner family that settled in Katharinenstadt
Kober family that settled in Grimm & Franzosen
Leonhard(t) family that settled in Grimm
Lotz family that settled in Katharinenstadt
Mill family that settled in Dietel & Hussenbach
Roh family that settled in Schilling
Schmidt family that settled in Dietel
Schultz family that settled in Dönhof
Suppes family that settled in Hussenbach