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February 22, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
I am a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, with Germans from Russia ancestry in the Kutschurgan village of Elsass as well as the Mennonite colony of Chortitza. I hold a masters of history degree from Texas State University. The history of the Germans from Russia is one of my major research topics. I have presented at both GRHS & AHSGR conventions and write articles for publication. In 2018, I visited my ancestral villages in the Kutschurgan region of Ukraine as part of the North Dakota State University Homeland Tour. I am currently president of the Arizona Sun Chapter of Germans from Russia. I make my home in Glendale, Arizona and summer in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
“Go North Young Man: The remarkable story of Germans from Russia Immigration from the US to the Canadian Prairies – 1896 to 1914”
Many of our Germans from Russia ancestors emigrated to Canada after their initial settlement in the United States. Today, many Germans from Russia families have relatives on both sides of the border. Why did this pattern of immigration occur?? The Canadian west had been opened to settlement in the early 1870s, yet very few immigrants chose to make this region their home. My presentation will tell the remarkable story of why immigration from the US to the Canadian Prairies flourished during the years from 1896 to 1914. I will describe the geographic, economic, and political factors that each played a role in the immigration journey for many of our Canadian ancestors. I will also tell what attracted many Germans from Russia to move from the American Midwest to the Canadian prairies.