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.
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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.

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!

We hope everyone following the Claassen-Jerke South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center is having a fantastic sum...
08/16/2018

We hope everyone following the Claassen-Jerke South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center is having a fantastic summer.

One of our prominent digital collections within the Germans from Russia Cultural Center is from the Eureka Pioneer Museum. If you ever get a chance to visit Eureka, the Museum is a wealth of historical artifacts and photographs from the once Wheat Capital of the World, Eureka, South Dakota.

Here is a photograph of some gents from Eureka, South Dakota. Taken during the town's heyday, around 1890.

The gents in this photograph are: Beuchler, John Liedle, Charles Mix, Gottfred Quast, Dan Schock

Need some help with your genealogy research? Check out how Worldcat can help you. https://lisalisson.com/2017/10/30/how-...
07/23/2018
How To Use WorldCat For Your Genealogy Research

Need some help with your genealogy research? Check out how Worldcat can help you.

https://lisalisson.com/2017/10/30/how-to-use-worldcat-for-genealogy-research/

Starting out in genealogy, I set out to learn more about my great grandmother Esther Richardson and the Richardson family of Pittsylvania County, VA. I was new to genealogy and loving every minute of the search for records. I also enjoyed connecting to other Richardson researchers. (I am so apprecia...

We hold a few different family collections in our Germans from Russia Collection. The Roesch Family is just one collecti...
07/13/2018

We hold a few different family collections in our Germans from Russia Collection. The Roesch Family is just one collection that follows the unique family's story. Check it out here:

http://digitalcollections.northern.edu/cdm/search/collection/sdgfr

3x4 inch black and white photograph of Anne Roesch Larson. Written in ink on back: "Annie's H.S. graduation".

The South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center
07/06/2018

The South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center

Jacob and Eva Schumacher portraitGermans from Russia--history--photographs4x5.5 inch sepia toned photograph mounted on b...
06/20/2018

Jacob and Eva Schumacher portrait
Germans from Russia--history--photographs
4x5.5 inch sepia toned photograph mounted on board. Written on back in ink: "Uncle Jacob and Aunt Eva Schumacher"
Creator Fallman, Eureka, SD
Type still image
Identifier GFR042
©Beulah Williams Library Archives & Special Collections
Anne Roesch Larson collection
date digital 2010-05-19; *

Picture of the Red Front Saloon in Eureka, SD.
06/20/2018

Picture of the Red Front Saloon in Eureka, SD.

Check out our progress in the South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center. The second photograph shows the planning...
06/14/2018

Check out our progress in the South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center. The second photograph shows the planning stages for the center's informational and historical panels. There is a lot more to come!

South Dakota is known for some tough winters. Here is a picture of a mail truck used to deliver mail in the 1930s.
06/05/2018

South Dakota is known for some tough winters. Here is a picture of a mail truck used to deliver mail in the 1930s.

Check out this story about the Germans from Russia Cultural Center from the Aberdeen Magazine.
03/21/2018

Check out this story about the Germans from Russia Cultural Center from the Aberdeen Magazine.

Freeman, SD Museum Announces World Premier of Feature Length Film.
02/26/2018

Freeman, SD Museum Announces World Premier of Feature Length Film.

We are working on digitizing the Ochsner Family Germans from Russia collection. Jakob (Jacob) Petrovich Ochsner and his ...
02/14/2018
Ochsner Family Germans From Russia Collection

We are working on digitizing 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.

Check out the collection here:

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

Black and white photograph of a mill house. On a label below photograph in black typeset "Established by Charles Pfeffer...
02/05/2018

Black and white photograph of a mill house. On a label below photograph in black typeset "Established by Charles Pfeffer Purchased by Fred Homeyer Burned in Early 1900". Photograph has a stain on the left side and is dirty throughout. Eureka Roller Mills established in 1888 by Charles Pfeffer and Williamd Brameier on the south side of what is now Highway 10.

This entry was taken from the February, 1984 Issue of the Prairies Magazine.
01/09/2018

This entry was taken from the February, 1984 Issue of the Prairies Magazine.

The Germans from Russia Cultural Center has received a rather beautiful donation -- a 1890's Christening Dress that was ...
12/08/2017

The Germans from Russia Cultural Center has received a rather beautiful donation -- a 1890's Christening Dress that was made by Anna Maria Gebhardt Fiechtner. Along with the gown there is a photo history of the family-- A family that came from Russia to live in the Eureka, SD area.

Road Work was Nothing to Sneeze at!An interesting look at the history of road work.
12/06/2017

Road Work was Nothing to Sneeze at!
An interesting look at the history of road work.

We have started digitizing a collection of obituaries. Here is just one example.
11/29/2017

We have started digitizing a collection of obituaries. Here is just one example.

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