Village Coordinators work on a volunteer basis and spend many hours gathering and organizing information. They try to facilitate sharing of family group records, maps, individual and family histories, and video and audio tapes. Many have developed newsletters and websites.
During the 2008 International Convention of Germans from Russia, which meets July 28th through August 3rd in Casper, attendees will have a chance to meet and learn more from Village Coordinators – Strategies and Information and How They Can Help You. Presented at 3:45 p.m., Thursday, July 31st, the session will be led by three veteran researchers – Doris Eckhardt Evans of Almira, Washington; Curt Renz of Ames, Iowa; and Margaret Freeman of Redondo Beach, California.-
Doris Eckhard Evans is a native of Washington state and attended college at Washington State University, where she earned a degree in Education. She has been involved in genealogy for many years and was elected to the Board of Directors of AHSGR in 1999. She served two terms and retired in 2005. At its Lincoln, Nebraska meeting in 2006, the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia awarded Doris its Distinguished Service Award.