Statewide gathering set for Germans from Russia

The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia annual all-state meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at Zion Lutheran Church, 700 N Daniel, Weatherford.
BY SHARON BURNS Published: August 12, 2013
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The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia annual all-state meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at Zion Lutheran Church, 700 N Daniel, Weatherford.

Exhibits and booths will be available to showcase members who own businesses, make crafts or homemade food items. Mary Horn will have a scholarship fundraiser photo booth where attendees can purchase a family photo dressed in clothing from different time periods.

The Weatherford History Center will provide information on the history of wheat farming in Oklahoma. Descendants of families who were involved in wheat farming in Russia or Oklahoma are encouraged to bring photos and artifacts to be displayed at the meeting.

According to historical information, Bernhard Warkentin is credited with making Kansas the “Wheat State.” Karen Suderman Penner, Warkentin House Association board of directors member and docent at the Victorian home in Newton, Kan., will be the guest speaker at the pot luck luncheon at noon.

Penner also will provide information about the Mennonites of South Russia (Ukraine) who came to Kansas, bringing with them their Turkey red winter wheat seed.

Protestants and Catholic Volga Germans migrated shortly after the Mennonites arrived. Many of the Kansas settlers participated in the Oklahoma 1893 Land Run.

The Central Oklahoma Chapter will award the annual scholarship to a descendant of German Russian heritage at the luncheon.

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