The South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center

The South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center This page is dedicated to sharing the unique culture and heritage of South Dakota Germans from Russia.

Planning is now underway for the South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center. This history and research center will be housed on the second floor of the Northern State University Library. Over 5,000 square feet has been set aside, and will include a permanent exhibit telling the story of the Germans from Russia in South Dakota through images, documents, artifacts, and oral history interviews. Rotating exhibitions will highlight specific aspects of the Germans from Russia culture. An extensive monograph collection will also be available to genealogists and researchers. For more information on the South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center, please contact Robert Russell at 605.626.7770 or stop in to LIB105.

Coming soon:49th Annual Germans from Russia Heritage Society International ConventionHosted by the Germans from Russia H...
06/05/2019

Coming soon:

49th Annual Germans from Russia Heritage Society International Convention

Hosted by the Germans from Russia Heritage Society Board of Directors and the Die Deutsche Glieder Chapter, this annual conference includes presentations, a tour of the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and more.

Event date: July 31 - August 3, 2019

Location: Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, Fargo, ND

We have recently received some very interesting books donated by Cleon Ochner. This first book, "Festival Sermons" preac...
05/29/2019

We have recently received some very interesting books donated by Cleon Ochner. This first book, "Festival Sermons" preached by Hermon Friedrich Kohlbrugge, Dr. Theology.

"Festival Sermons" is a book of sermons used in small South Dakota Reformed Church congregations who were without at regular pastor. It was owned by J.K. Mayer who rebound the book with leather after extensive use. The sermons were read by an elder of the congregation during special religious holidays. This volume was used primarily in the Isabel Reformed Church in the late 1930s - 1940s.

Reading the entire sermon would take the reader about one hour. There were usually three hymns sung along with extended prayers which resulted in a worship service of nearly one and one half to two hours in length.

Black and white photograph of a family sitting in a black car. Written below the photograph: "On the Model T. Rear Seat:...
05/22/2019

Black and white photograph of a family sitting in a black car. Written below the photograph: "On the Model T. Rear Seat: Edward, Lena and Lydia. Front Seat: Christina and Gustave Klundt".

Date: 1917

Donated to the Eureka Pioneer Museum. Loaned to Northern State University for digitization and access.

A purchased cabinet was central to the rural South Dakota home, since wall mounted cabinets were not often part of the k...
05/15/2019

A purchased cabinet was central to the rural South Dakota home, since wall mounted cabinets were not often part of the kitchen. These cabinets were often called a "Hoosier" in reference to a specific manufacturer of this kind of furniture, and served as both kitchen cabinets and pantry. A variety of models were produced, and were available for purchase from catalogs such as Sears & Roebuck. The cabinet on display has a retractable enamel countertop, which was useful in smaller spaces, along with a metal sifting container which was used to dispense flour as needed and keep out insects and dust.

Cabinet formerly owned by Lillian Pfitzer of Java, SD. From Dennis Pfitzer Collection, Northern State University

The 50th annual International Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is this July 22nd- 27...
05/08/2019

The 50th annual International Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is this July 22nd- 27th in Lincoln Nebraska.

For more information: https://www.ahsgr.org/page/Conventions

Hungry for some authentic GFR cooking? Go to the Junction in Aberdeen tomorrow, they are serving GFR cuisine tomorrow fo...
04/23/2019
The Junction Aberdeen SD - Restaurant | Catering | Delivery

Hungry for some authentic GFR cooking? Go to the Junction in Aberdeen tomorrow, they are serving GFR cuisine tomorrow for lunch. Check out the junctions website here: https://thejunctionaberdeen.com/

The Junction in Aberdeen, SD is a restaurant that offers everything from hearty ready made take and bake casseroles, to all organic salads! Featuring paninis, sandwiches, salads, sushi and a variety of homemade desserts. Eating healthy has never been more convenient!

Hope everyone is staying safe on this stormy day. The folks that settled in South Dakota were a hearty bunch and were us...
04/11/2019

Hope everyone is staying safe on this stormy day.

The folks that settled in South Dakota were a hearty bunch and were used to long, cold winters. Here is a picture of a group waiting to unload wheat from the train in Eureka around the turn of the 19th / 20th century.
Looks like a cold and snowy day...just like today.

Donated to the Eureka Pioneer Museum. Loaned to Northern State University for digitization and access.

The SDGFR Cultural Center became an "Act of Excellence" recipient from the SD Hall of Fame on 4/3/2019. Here is a photo ...
04/04/2019

The SDGFR Cultural Center became an "Act of Excellence" recipient from the SD Hall of Fame on 4/3/2019. Here is a photo taken from yesterday's ceremony.

Building Community: Acts of Excellence
Recognizing everyday excellence throughout South Dakota one act at a time.

This new program celebrates the many individuals, groups and organizations in South Dakota that make remarkable achievements every day to enhance the diverse culture of excellence in our state (taken from the Pathway to Excellence brochure).

Northern State University
04/03/2019

Northern State University

We are honored to host the South Dakota Hall of Fame as they celebrate their Acts of Excellence awards. Honorees include:

• Germans from Russia exhibit at NSU
• Building Forever Families - Adoption & Family Services
• Cardboard Confessionals
• Faulkton Area Arts Council
• Granary Rural Cultural Center
• Leola School District 44-2 and Colorful Creations
• Purina Mills Christmas tree
• Tolstoy Windchiller

04/02/2019
Meet Megan Unzen, our Technology Fellow, she is currently working on digitizing some obituaries for our South Dakota Ger...
03/28/2019

Meet Megan Unzen, our Technology Fellow, she is currently working on digitizing some obituaries for our South Dakota Germans from Russia collection.

With the winter we are having; we are going to need a vehicle like this just to get around. Stay safe!Source: Eureka Pio...
03/12/2019

With the winter we are having; we are going to need a vehicle like this just to get around. Stay safe!

Source: Eureka Pioneer Museum

03/12/2019
Immanuel Parish Baptism Registry II, 1901-1914This record contains a list of children baptized in Immanuel Parish betwee...
02/20/2019
Immanuel Parish Baptism Registry II, 1901-1914 :: South Dakota Germans From Russia Collection

Immanuel Parish Baptism Registry II, 1901-1914

This record contains a list of children baptized in Immanuel Parish between 1901 and 1914. Information includes name of child, date of birth, date of baptism, parents' names, and godparents.

Creator: Immanuel Parish

Records loaned by Salem Lutheran Church Parkston, SD

http://digitalcollections.northern.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16707coll8/id/12045/rec/5

Here's another gem from our online collection.Hutchinson County Directory and Maps, circa 1900This "Patrons' Reference D...
02/13/2019

Here's another gem from our online collection.

Hutchinson County Directory and Maps, circa 1900

This "Patrons' Reference Directory of Hutchinson County, South Dakota" lists individual residents of the county, as well as their address and date of residency. Also included are maps of towns in Hutchinson County: Molan, Menno, Olivet, Sharon, Tripp, Oak Hollow, Freeman, German, Wolf Creek, Clayton, Milltown, Liberty, Susquehanna, Silver Lake, Cross Plains, Starr, Parkston, and Kaylor, as well as a map of South Dakota.

Check out the entire document here:
http://digitalcollections.northern.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16707coll8/id/11553/rec/4

Our archives department has been busy processing items for the Germans from Russia Cultural Center collection. We recent...
02/06/2019
Birth and Death Registry of Scotland, S.D., 1906-1925,1936 :: South Dakota Germans From Russia Collection

Our archives department has been busy processing items for the Germans from Russia Cultural Center collection. We recently digitized a Birth and Death Registry of Scotland, S.D., 1906-1925,1936.

This volume contains birth and death registries in Scotland, South Dakota from 1906 to 1925, as well as 1936. Birth registry contains date of entry; name of child; date and place of birth; parents' age, skin color, nationality, place of birth, occupation, and residence; number of children previously born to mother; and the reporter of this information. Death registry contains date of entry, name of deceased, resident, age, skin color, nativity, marital status, parents' names and residence, period of deceased's residence in state, cause of death, date of death, location of death, duration of fatal illness days, name of attending physician and contributory causes of death, and the reporter of this information.

The registry was created by the Ladies Rosehill Cemetery Association.

Check it out here:
http://digitalcollections.northern.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16707coll8/id/12356/rec/1

Happy New Year from all of us at the South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center.  The past year has been one of tr...
12/28/2018
South Dakota Germans From Russia

Happy New Year from all of us at the South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center. The past year has been one of tremendous change here – one that has seen major changes, including the opening of the Center to the public. To those of you that were part of that effort: Thank you. None of what can be seen today would be possible without donors and volunteers. If you haven’t yet had a chance to stop in, please do so. The Center is open any time Williams Library is open http://research.northern.edu/c.php?g=491946&p=3365029. I look forward to the coming year of exhibits, events, and activities. Keep up on happenings here at our website: https://sdgfr.org/ .

Located at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, we host documents, relics and recorded oral history interviews of Germans From Russia.

That's one way to sell paint.Black and white photograph of a team of horses with a wagon that has a banner on it that sa...
11/28/2018

That's one way to sell paint.
Black and white photograph of a team of horses with a wagon that has a banner on it that says "Williams Paints and Varnishes". Photograph is torn on lower left side and is water damaged. Note on picture "Mark Holmes sold this team to Carl Volander Buy His First T. Ford".

11/21/2018

Have a warm and happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Thank you to everyone who attended the opening of the South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center.  We had a wonder...
11/01/2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the opening of the South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center. We had a wonderful crowd of about 125 people who explored the exhibits, enjoyed the music, and tasted some traditional German-Russian foods.

It was an excellent night, but the Center and exhibit area were pretty crowded. If you would like more time to read and listen your way through the exhibit, the Center is now open to the public anytime Williams Library is open. Groups are welcome. If you have plans to bring a group to campus, please let me know – I can be sure parking is arranged. We have already had a solid group of genealogists in the Center, and I hope to see that group expand as they use the print and manuscript resources available.

While the opening is certainly a milestone, this process is far from complete. Development of collections continue – photos, documents, family histories, and other items are still welcome. If you know of folks whose stories should be documented in an interview, please let me know. We are working on events and exhibits for the near future. Stay tuned, and I hope to see you soon!

Thank you again to all who attended the opening, and to those who have supported our efforts.

Sincerely,
Robert Russell
Library Director
Northern State University

Germans from Russia Cultural Center Opening Reception
10/29/2018

Germans from Russia Cultural Center Opening Reception

10/26/2018

Thank you to everyone who came to our grand opening. We had a fantastic turn out and the food was delicious too!

The South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center
10/24/2018

The South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center

Don't forget to come to the South Dakota Germans from Russia grand opening tomorrow at 6 pm at the Williams Library on t...
10/24/2018

Don't forget to come to the South Dakota Germans from Russia grand opening tomorrow at 6 pm at the Williams Library on the Northern State University campus.

What do you think?
10/19/2018

What do you think?

Another edition of "Who Am I?" DPM Friday Frontier Photo Series.
Can you help us? We received a package of unnamed photos. All were taken in Aberdeen, SD. Some of them are from before South Dakota was a state - "Dakota Territory" and "D.T." on some.
Who do you think they are? What are their stories? Let us know what you think!
#AberdeenSD #MuseumPhotos

Check out the Ochsner Family Germans From Russia Collection. Jakob (Jacob) Petrovich Ochsner and his wife Klara (Clara n...
09/28/2018
Ochsner Family Germans From Russia Collection

Check out the Ochsner Family Germans From Russia Collection.

Jakob (Jacob) Petrovich Ochsner and his wife Klara (Clara nee Irmschler) and their grown children, Arnold, Frederick, Victor, Lucia, and Eugene, were forced to leave Ukraine in 1920 to escape arrest and persecution during the upheaval of the Communist Revolution which began in 1917. Their story, as well as the family history, is represented in the items in this collection.

http://digitalcollections.northern.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16707coll12

Jakob (Jacob) Petrovich Ochsner and his wife Klara (Clara nee Irmschler) and their grown children, Arnold, Frederick, Victor, Lucia, and Eugene, were forced to leave Ukraine in 1920 to escape arrest and persecution during the upheaval of the Communist Revolution which began in 1917. Their story, as....

This entry was taken from Prairie Public's page.
08/30/2018

This entry was taken from Prairie Public's page.

Today's Dakota Datebook:
On this date in 1941, the Soviet government announced the total banishment of Germans from Russia. The decree led to the deportation, imprisonment, and death for hundreds of thousands of German-Russians.

The campaign of annihilation had quietly begun long before, but on August 28, the Soviets dropped all pretenses by accusing Germans in the Volga region of “concealing the existence of thousands upon thousands of subversives and spies.” German families who were unable to escape were imprisoned in forced-labor camps in Siberia and Kazakhstan, and as a result, August 28 has become the International German-Russian Day of Remembrance.

Prairie Public has produced nine television documentaries about this enduring ethnic group. Find them on Prairie Public's youtube channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/PrairiePublicBcast/search?query=germans+from+russia

08/22/2018

Check out this upcoming event!

Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Concert @ Sacred Heart Church.

The event is sponsored by Sacred Heart in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

The event is on September 13th at 7:00pm

Looks like its going to be a great cultural event!

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Aberdeen, SD
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