Welcome to The Center for Volga German Studies

The Center supports the preservation of and education about the heritage, history and accomplishments of the German settlers who established colonies along the lower Volga River in Russia. Concordia University is proud to hold a special collection of relevant materials at our Portland campus library. We welcome collaboration with students, historians and family researchers from around the world. Please join us and share your knowledge!

Who are the Volga Germans?

The Volga Germans are a unique ethnic group that settled in the lower Volga River region from 1764 to 1767 under a Russian colonization program promoted by Catherine the Great’s government. These colonists retained their native language, religious beliefs, customs and traditions while at the same time being influenced by the land and their neighbors. By 1875, many Volga Germans began migrating to both North and South America. While many Volga German descendants remain in Russia and Central Asia, large numbers have also migrated to Germany since the 1980’s.

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There are many ways that you can support research into and preservation of the heritage, history, traditions, and accomplishments of the Volga Germans for present and future generations through the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University.

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