Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Researching Volga Protestant Villages

When Germans from Russia converge on Casper, Wyoming later this month, Village Coordinators from the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) are planning two concurrent workshops on Saturday afternoon that will focus on Protestant villages along the Volga River. They are just two of more than 40 workshops planned during the July 28-August 3 International Convention of Germans from Russia at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Casper.

Northern Volga Protestant Villages will be offered in Ballroom B , while the Southern Protestant Villages of Kanton Kamenka workshop will be in the Wyoming Room at the Parkway. Both sessions will run from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 2nd and will offer participants an opportunity to receive updated information about the villages in those regions and to visit with colleagues conducting similar research.

This rare joint convention brings together members of both the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota, with the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Governor Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming will officially welcome convention attendees during opening ceremonies at 8:30 Thursday morning, July 31st. In addition to the many workshops, there'll be numerous internationally-known speakers who will address the full assembly.

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