Treffen is a German word meaning to meet or a meeting. Treffen Tuesdays provide an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the culture, history and experiences of the Germanic people who migrated to Russia (areas of the former Soviet Union) in the 18th and 19th century, and their descendants.
Treffen Tuesday is held the last Tuesday of the month. Presentations cover a variety of topics from researching German Russian families, archiving and preservation of treasures, famous Germans from Russia to the deportation of all Germans from Russia in the 1940’s – and much more.
The presentations are held virtually via Zoom at 5:30PM central time. Treffen Tuesday is open to all, but pre-registration is required. Announcements of upcoming topics and pre-registration information are sent to AHSGR members and posted on ahsgr.org and social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
October 2022 Allyn BroszThe Jacob Mittlestadt Family at Ellis Island: An Iconic Photo Re-examined
Allyn focuses his presentation on the photo taken by Augustus Sherman in 1905 while the family was detained for an immigration hearing at Ellis Island and the subsequent fate of the family once they were admitted. In addition he will also describe the Ellis Island experience during the peak immigration years of 1900 to 1920.
September 2022 Dr. Tatjana SchellDiscussion with Her Mother Regarding the Deportation to the East
In their Treffen Tuesday presentation, Tatjana will ask Katrin about her time growing up in a small and tight-knit German community in Siberia and her adolescent years living in the village of Frank on the Volga. Katrin Schell, Tatjana’s mother, spent her early childhood in the 1950s-1960s in the region of Omsk in western Siberia, where her parents and their respective families had been brought to following the deportation from their native village of Seewald on the Volga River. Growing up as the middle child of her family, she enjoyed life in a tight-knit community of German families, where children played outside even in subzero temperatures, grandmothers ruled the household, and chores were plentiful and to be done on time.
August 2022 Ann BaartenTextile Treasures from the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection at NDSU
This presentation will highlight GFR textiles and clothing that show how this ethnic group straddled two world views — reflecting both collectivism and individualism, as well as the transition from a home-based to commercial economy. GFR industriousness is evident in the oral traditions recalling their families’ textiles and clothing practices, and give evidence of their ability to adapt to the many challenges they experienced. The GRHC Textiles and Clothing Collection is housed in the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection. It is a partnership between the GRHC in the NDSU Libraries and the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Interior Design and Hospitality Management in the College of Human Sciences and Education at NDSU.
May 2022 Jackie and Janine PfeiferWhile the Windmill Watched: A Slice of Rural America in the 1950’s
In this presentaion, we will learned why the sisters, Jackie and Janine Pfeiffer, decided to write a book about their childhood memories of the 1950s. We will learn the background and how the documentation led to the publication of their book, While the Windmill Watched: A slice of Rural America in the 1950s. Jackie and Janine grew up on the plains of North Dakota near Menoken, just 10 miles east of Bismark. The book is not only a memoir but also a historical account which highlights technological changes that advanced comfort and prosperity for rural America. They will include information about their Germans from Russia Heritage through their paternal grandmother, Justina Brost Pfeiffer. you may check out www.Whilethewindmillwatched.com
March 2022 Wayne BonnerIdentifying German Russian Settlers in the Church Books of Jutland and Schleswig, Denmark
Currently, Wayne's main interest is in German-Russian research on the origins of the Germans and the many colonists who first went to Denmark before venturing to Russia in the 1760s. This interest was sparked and extensively built upon the previous studies by the Eichhorn family and the earlier work by Dr. Gerhard Lang. In this presentation, Wayne will discuss specific examples of some of the findings. Although their effort emphasizes examples of records associated with Balzer and Moor settlers, additional parish records were identified of settlers to thirty-two other German-Russian colonies. Before the 2021 virtual AHSGR convention, a full copy of these records was sent to the AHSGR village coordinator group. It is now posted on the new website in the village records.
February 2022 Wayne GarmanGo North Young Man
Many of our Germans from Russia ancestors emigrated to Canada after their initial arrival 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? My presentation will tell the remarkable story of why immigration from the US to the Canadian prairies flourished from 1896 to 1914. I will explain the geographic, economic, and political factors that each played a role in another immigration journey for our Canadian ancestors.
August 2021 Ashley Todd DiazCaring for Rare and Historic Materials, An Introduction to Archival Practices
This presentation focuses on an introductory overview of archival practices and basic preservation actions. This will include a discussion of what archives are and how they differ from other information organizations, what types of materials and resources are commonly found in archives, how archivists maintain delicate, one-of-a-kind resources over time through various preservation strategies, and what simple preservation actions can be applied to our own collections of archival materials (family photographs, heirlooms, etc.) to help lengthen their lives.
June 2021 Alexy StreltsovGerman Lutherans in Central Siberia, St Mary's Church in Tomsk as a Case Study
Dr. Alexey Streltsov is a rector (president) of the Theological Seminary of Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Novosibirsk, Russia. He is also one of the pastors in St Andrew’s parish of SELC, Novosibirsk. Dr. Streltsov ministers ethnic Germans (among wider circles of the Lutheran Christians in Siberia and other parts of Russia and abroad) both in the church setting and by providing educational opportunities within the seminary and by way of special retreats and seminars. Holding initial University degree in Geophysics from the Novosibirsk State University (1994), Alexey Streltsov went on to obtain MA (1999) and STM (2010) degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as PhD in the History of Philosophy from Tomsk State University, Russia. His interests include select New Testament studies, early Church and Patristics, Christology, and the 18th century Lutheran thinking (especially J. G. Hamann)
May 2021 Allyn BroszTraveling Back in Time Using Historical Newspapers to Enhance Your Family History
Allyn Brosz is a South Dakota native with German-Russian ancestry in Bessarabia and the Glueckstal colonies. He retired this year from a career in the U.S. Department of Defense. Allyn is a life member of AHSGR and GRHS and a member of the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association Steering Committee. He served on the AHSGR Board of Directors in the early 1990s. Allyn has undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, public administration, and public policy, and has studied in Germany on a Fulbright grant. He has researched his family history for almost 50 years. He worked with Emma Schwabenland Haynes in the U.S. National Archives to identify Germans from Russia and has published in AHSGR's Clues and Journal. Allyn has presented on various topics at AHSGR and GRHS conventions.
April 2021 Michael Miller and Jeremy KoppNorth Dakota State University Libraries
Michael Miller, Director & Bibliographer, and Jeremy Kopp, Outreach & Operations Coordinator, will provide an overview of the GRHC and a tutorial of our website that demonstrates how to access our digitized collections on Digital Horizons and the NDSU Institutional Repository. This tutorial will show how to quickly access archival finding aids, photographs, oral histories, and correspondence collections.
March 2021 Eric SchmaltzNotable Germans from Russia
In this presentation, Dr. Schmaltz shares the more notable German Russians. He details what makes someone "notable" and gives us a deeper dive into just some of the standouts from the new and old world. His presentation is not comprehensive but includes scholars, entrepreneurs, and many more. He discusses keeping these names alive and providing a living memory.
Mike BrownA Historical Background of Kazakhstan
In this presentation, Dr. Brown introduces one of the more important historical venues for German from Russia: Kazakhstan.