Golden Wheat Chapter History

The Golden Wheat Chapter was organized in 1978 to help us discover our heritage and to pay tribute to our German-Russian ancestors. It was the second local chapter organized in Kansas.

The name Golden Wheat was chosen because the Germans from Russia were largely farmers. Their wheat helped to make Kansas a great state. Turkey Red Hard Winter Wheat, introduced over 120 years ago into South Central Kansas by Mennonite pioneers, produced abundantly on the Great Plains. It gradually turned the “Great American Desert” into the Nation’s “bread basket”.

Activities attempt to provide a balance between social and historical research and inspirational activities. The general meetings provide speakers, slide presentations, musical programs, historical documentaries or reports on travel in Russia by our members. Many of our Golden Wheat Chapter members have published family histories and other books.

The chapter has a diverse membership with many religious groups and vocational areas represented.

Become a Member

Chapter dues are $10 per year and separate from national membership. If you join, you will receive our newsletter, stay informed about chapter events, and be able to use the library. We would love for you to visit if you are considering joining. Contact the Membership Chair for more information.


Calendar of Events

Chapter meetings are held the first Sunday of February, April, August, October, and December at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 909 S. Market Str., Wichita. We start at 1 p.m. with a potluck lunch, followed by a speaker and a lot of socializing. Guests and visitors are welcome (an RSVP is appreciated).

2024 Meetings

February 4: Folklore and Ethnic Heritage: Dr. Brent Mai, “A Day in the Life of a Volga German”

April 7: Genealogy: Kris Schmucker, “Ideas of Home: Researching the Architecture of Homes in West Prussia; Russia; and Goessel, Kansas”

August 4: Picnic

October 6: General Meeting and Election of Officers

December 8: Christmas Party

Library and Genealogy

Our library contains many reference books, the quarterly AHSGR Journal (formerly Work Papers), quarterly newsletters, the Clues surname exchange publication, the GRHS Heritage Review, and other resource materials. Chapter members may browse through the material and check out books. The library is open on meeting days – ask the Membership Chair for an appointment.

Experienced members also provide genealogy advice – just ask.

Social Media

Share your photos, stories, research, and news on our Facebook page. Or just introduce yourself and get acquainted.


Your generous giving helps keep our chapter strong and vibrant for the future. Contact the Treasurer if you would like to make a donation.


Steve Fast
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Past President
Karen Penner

Vail Fruechting
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Assistant Treasurer
Karen Calkins

Karen Calkins
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Assistant Membership
Sheryl Pohlenz

Hospitality & Setup
Dolly Seibel

Anna Uhlig

Corresponding Secretary
Irene Major

Joyce Taylor

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