The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will have its 49th Annual International Convention in Hays July 30 through Aug. 2. Scheduled speakers will travel to the event from multiple U.S. states — some from as far as Germany and Russia.
This convention, titled “The Storm,” centers on the effects of the 1917 Russian Revolution on the Germans from Russia. It will also celebrate the traditions, history, genealogy, music and food of Germans from Russia.
Attendees will have access to a research area for genealogy, AHSGR bookstore, silent auction room, and more. The convention begins with registration July 30 and will conclude on Aug. 2 with a banquet and polka dance.
All convention activities will be at the Memorial Union on the Fort Hays State University Campus, except for Kindertag, a youth day for children to learn more about their German from Russia heritage. Kintertag will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. Seventh St. The day will be filled with educational activities to show how the Germans from Russia lived, including sauerkraut and butter making, dancing, traditional games, German language, cooking and life on the farm.
Registration is required and walk-ins are welcome. Registration for the entire convention is $125 for AHSGR members and $145 for non-members.
Ticket options are also available for individual meals, events and tours, such as the Foundation/Society Recognition luncheon, village tour, museum tour, and artisan tour. Three German cooking classes will be offered by Sam Brungardt and Charlie Dorzweiler for $10 per session.
Those interested can find details, register for the conference, and purchase individual tickets at www.ahsgr.org.
Area speakers include Norma Pipkin, Hays, and Terry Batt, Russell.