A Sept. 23 seminar in Hays will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the establishment of six Roman Catholic colonies along the Volga River in Russia.
Brent Mai, dean of libraries and director of the Volga German Institute at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn., will be the speaker for the seminar at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall. He grew up in western Kansas and is a descendent of Volga German immigrants. He has authored articles and books and spoken around the world on Volga German history.
Topics for the seminar include an introduction to Volga Germans and their heritage, Catherine the Great, the history of six Roman Catholic colonies founded along the Volga River in 1767 and Volga Germans in Russia during and after World War II.
Cost for registration by Friday is $35 per person, and $45 after Friday or at the door. Children 12 and under can be registered for $10. Registration includes all programs for the day and lunch. The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register or for more information, go to vgi.fairfield.edu/events/2017-hays or call Jill at 203-254-4000 ext. 2648.