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CVGS 2011 Annual Report

2011 has been a year of outstanding growth for the collections and programs of the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University! Following is a summary of activities broken down into the five complimentary and inter-related components of the Center's functions.

Collections
There are several parts to the CVGS Collections: books, journals, maps, and genealogical charts. The number of print items in the CVGS collections continues to grow, surpassing 1,350 this year. All materials are added to the CVGS Online Catalog.

Volunteers processed over 90 collections of documents, photographs, and other materials that were donated to the CVGS in 2011. Access to the Center's Archival Collections went online through the NW Digital Archives Project on July 1st.

Publishing
The Center has not published anything new in print during 2011, but sales of the three volumes of the Volga Flows Forever Trilogy by Sigrid Weidenweber continue to be strong. All three volumes are available directly from the Center's Online Bookstore, from Amazon, from AHSGR, from the GRHC, and through several regional bookstores in Oregon, Washington, and Kansas.

A conference sponsored by the CVGS and presented in conjunction with the Annual Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is being held 14-17 June 2012. The CVGS has invited papers and presentations that confront and interrogate any aspect of the history and culture of the Volga Germans from the pre-immigration period of the 1760s to the current generations of the descendants of those colonists worldwide. Twelve proposals have been received which are being reviewed by the Center's Academic Advisory Board. Those accepted papers will be published in 2012.

Clearinghouse Services
The Center's Website continues to be the primary resource for pointing to information about Volga German history and culture. To-date, over 500 biographies of Volga Germans Notables have been added to the CVGS website. Following Director Mai's visit to the Volga German communities in Argentina in March, the descriptions of many of the Volga German settlements there were updated. The website receives over 1,000 hits each day.

The Center's Facebook Page has also been an active avenue for the sharing of information about Volga German history and culture, regardless of its primary location. There are currently over 460 fans of the page.

Education
Over 800 visitors came to the Center for assistance with research on a variety of topics. Those visiting came from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, Alaska, Texas, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Argentina, and Germany. Trained researchers are available to help most visitors.

Brent Mai, CVGS Director, continues an active speaking schedule on behalf of the Center and Volga German history and culture in general. A complete list of presentations in 2011 can be found on the Exhibits & Events link of the CVGS website. Steve Schreiber also was a presenter on behalf of the Center this year.

Collaboration
The Center's physical space in Suite 300 of the Concordia University Library continues to be the home of the Oregon Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. This group holds its monthly meetings in the Center, and its Board of Directors also meets there every month. The Center has held several jointly-sponsored events through out the year, including a day-long research workshop at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon in September. CVGS Director, Brent Mai, also served as the keynote speaker at the Chapter's 40th Anniversary Celebration in April.

Director Mai was also the keynote speaker for the German American Heritage Day Ball hosted by the German American Society in November.

The CVGS along with the Oregon Chapter of AHSGR will be hosting the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. The convention will be held 14-17 June 2012 on the Concordia campus. Dozens of programs have been put together that will highlight the German-Russian experience throughout the centuries.

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Last updated 15 December 2011.