Saturday, July 19, 2008

The German Brotherhood

To survey the history of many German-Russians, Paul Koehler of St. Joseph, Michigan has put together a presentation called The German Brotherhood: 276 Years of History from the Volga River in Russia, USA, Canada, South America and Siberia.

As the title suggests, ours is a far-reaching history and one that will be examined in many different ways during the International Convention of Germans from Russia. The event runs from July 28 through August 3 at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Casper, Wyoming. It is a joint gathering of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.

Koehler’s workshop will be presented twice: 3:30 p.m., Friday, August 1st in Adrian’s Room at the Parkway; and at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, August 2nd in the Wyoming Room.

Paul Koehler was born and raised on a farm near Berrien Springs, Michigan. His immigrant parents were both born in the village of Stahl am Tarlyk in Russia. He is a past President of the AHSGR Southwest Michigan Chapter and Vice-President of the Florida Suncoast Chapter.

Paul is researching the names of Kohler (Koehler), Bea, Reitz, and Loeb (Lob). Since his retirement in 1994, he has written two unpublished family history books: We’re Glad They Came and Growing Up on Rocky Weed Road. He serves as Village Coordinator for Bangert and Stahl am Tarlyk.

Early registration for the week-long convention in Casper has closed, but late comers may register on-site at the convention headquarters in the Parkway Plaza Hotel in Casper. While there are board meetings, tours and some other activities earlier in the week, the Opening Ceremony will come at 8:30 on Thursday morning, August 31st, when Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal welcomes our group.

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