Sheboygan’s Volga German history celebrated

The Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan will host a two-day seminar celebrating Sheboygan’s Volga German history Sept. 24-25.

Dr. Brent Mai, Director of the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University in Portland, Ore. will be the keynote speaker. This fascinating seminar will include a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the colonies of Reinwald, Schäfer, Schulz, Krasnoyar, and Enders. Large numbers of Volga Germans and their descendants from these villages settled in the Sheboygan area beginning in 1892.

Topics for Saturday at the conference include: Introduction to the heritage of Volga Germans, a day in the life of a Volga German, migration to the United States, Volga German cooking and so much more. A full schedule will be posted as soon as it’s available.

There will also be an optional banquet dinner at Al & Al's Steinhaus on Saturday evening. The cost is $20 per person, payable at the restaurant. To reserve a seat(s), please contact Travis Gross, Director of the Sheboygan County Historical Society & Museum by Sept. 16: travis.gross@sheboygancounty.com or 920.458.1103. Email is preferred.

Sunday’s events include: Churches of the Volga Germans, a church service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan and one on one genealogy help sessions with Brent Mail.

The public is invited to attend. Registration is required by Sept.1. Please register online at http://cvgs.cu-portland.edu/ events/2016Sep24.cfm. Or call the museum at 920.458.1103 to receive a registration form. If you have questions about the conference, please call Tanya at 503.493.6369.

Early communication - For a number of years after the first settlement of the county, connection with the outside world was maintained only by means of boats on the lake, which occasionally docked at Sheboygan. The arrival of the mail was the main event of the week, though it occasionally didn’t happen, particularly in the winter season. There were times the county was cut off from all communication with the outside world for months at a time.


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