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CVGS Saves Historical Mural
      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.
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Mural at St. Pauls in Portland
Mural as it adorned St. Pauls
from 1938 to 2015

St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church in Portland, Oregon
St. Paul's (1999)
Upcoming Conference in Lindsborg, Kansas
      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, on Friday, 19 June 2015. 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.

      Check the Conference Website for additional information.

      To register & pay by credit card, call Tanya Bushnell at 503.493.6369. If you prefer to pay by check, call or email Tanya (tbushnell@cu-portland.edu), and she will assist with that process.

Lindsborg, Kansas
New CVGS Staff Member
      The Center for Volga German Studies is pleased to welcome Tanya Bushnell to the CVGS staff. A native of England, Tanya brings a wealth of experience to the CVGS. She has worked in fundraising, archives, event planning, and radio broadcasting (in Spanish!). Welcome, Tanya!
Tanya Bushnell
New Members of the Board of Academic Advisors
      The Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University is pleased to name four additional academics to its Board of Academic Advisors:

  • Mila Koretnikov, Ph.D., Lecturer of Cross-Cultural Communication, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • René Krüger, Ph.D., Th.D., Professor of New Testament, Instituto Universitario ISEDET, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Otto Pohl, Ph.D., Lecturer of History, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
  • Takeo Suzuki, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Director of the Institute for Russian Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

  • Dr. Mila Koretnikov
    Dr. Koretnikov
    Dr. René Krüger
    Dr. Krüger
    Dr. Otto Pohl
    Dr. Pohl
    Dr. Takeo Suzuki
    Dr. Suzuki
    2015 - Another Year of Celebrations
          Check out the CVGS Exhibits & Events Link to find out what's happening around the world that involves the Center for Volga German Studies in 2015.
    New German Origins Posted to the CVGS Website
          Newly discovered German origins have been posted for the following Volga German families:
    Beitz family that settled in Holstein
    Gerber family that settled in Herzog
    Linenberg(er) family that settled in Mariental & Herzog
    Lotz family that settled in Kaneau
    Meier family that settled in Shcherbakovka, Kratzke, & Franzosen
    Waag family that settled in Grimm
    Weiss family that settled in Hölzel & Seelmann
    Wolff family that settled in Grimm
    New Translations Available
    Translation of the 1834 Census of Kind has been completed along with the 1857 Census of Mariental.
    Last updated 20 May 2015.