Saturday, July 19, 2008

Germans to Prussia, Poland workshop

The routes followed by our German ancestors in making their way to Russia through Poland will be the topic of a Saturday workshop when the 2008 International Convention of Germans from Russia comes to Casper, Wyoming, July 28 – August 3.

Tom Stangl of Sterling, Virginia will lead the workshop, which will take place at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1st in Adrian’s Room at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Casper. That’s the convention headquarters for this joint gathering of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. Stangl's workshop is entitled Germans to Prussia, Poland to Russia Interest Group.

A portion of the session will be used to show and discuss maps of the various routes that western Germans traveled on their way through Poland to Russia. Some of these routes have not been previously published in existing literature. Tom will also moderate a roundtable discussion about German settlement in Prussia-Poland.

Tom Stangl was born in Bowdle, South Dakota, a descendant of Austrian/Pomeranian and Irish/English immigrants. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University. His wife, Janice, is of German-Russian ancestry, leading Tom into his deep interest in that heritage. He has published many articles in the GRHS Heritage Review and the Gluckstal Colonies Research Association Newsletter. He was a contributor to the 2004 GCRA book, The Gluckstalers in New Russia and North America. He has also contributed to numerous other publications and video documentaries.

Tom is Spokesperson for the Germans to Prussia-Poland to Russia Interest Group in GRHS. He manages the membership process for the Group and acts as its liaison with GRHS and presides over its annual business meeting at the convention.

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