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Golden wheat chapter

   Wichita, Ks.

 



OUR PURPOSE:

The purpose of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is to bring together people interested in the history of Germans from Russia.  Through a better understanding of Germans from Russia we will promote a better appreciation of their history and the preservation of their culture through their descendants.

AHSGR BENEFITS:

Benefits to be gained from participation in AHSGR activities:

  1. Preservation of history and culture of Germans from Russia

  2. Climbing your family tree!  With information presently available, your ancestral tree may possibly be traced back to Germany

  3. Find relatives presumed lost in Russia.  Many have located lost relatives within Russia or who have returned to Germany

  4. Meeting and sharing experiences with others who share your heritage. 

  5. Travel to areas in Russia to visit ancestral villages.  See where your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents were born.

GOLDEN WHEAT CHAPTER HISTORY

The Golden Wheat Chapter was organized in 1978 to help us discover our heritage and to pay tribute to our German-Russian ancestors.  It was the second local chapter organized in Kansas.  There are now three active chapters in the state.

The name Golden Wheat was chosen because the Germans from Russia were largely farmers whose wheat helped to make Kansas a great state.  Turkey Red Hard Winter Wheat, introduced over 120 years ago into South Central Kansas by Mennonite pioneers, produced abundantly on the Great Plains and gradually turned the "Great American Desert" into the Nation's "bread basket".

Activities attempt to provide a balance between social and historical research and inspirational activities.  The general meetings provide speakers, slide presentations, musical programs, historical documentaries or reports on travel in Russia by our members.  Many of our Golden Wheat Chapter members have published family histories and other books. 

Ours is a diverse membership with many religious groups and vocational areas represented.  We work on a variety of fund raising activities to continue our support of AHSGR national headquarters and assist in the preservation of our heritage.


2014 GOLDEN WHEAT CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP FORM:

Please click on the link below, "2014 Membership Form" to download a membership form  for the National Society and for our chapter.  Please fill out the form, enclose your check for the dues and mail to the address given on the form.  Please make out checks to "Golden Wheat Chapter of AHSGR".

2014 MEMBERSHIP FORM


GOLDEN WHEAT CHAPTER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

General membership meetings are held four times a year.  The January/February, April/May, August Family Picnic, and October Chapter meetings are held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 909 South Market, Wichita.  A potluck dinner precedes the meetings and program.  Registration begins at 1 p.m.  Convention reports are given during the picnic meeting. 

The annual Christmas Party is a festive event for families and friends and is also held at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  Finger food, cookies and punch are plentiful during the social hour beginning at 2 p.m.  Special music is provided, and Christmas Carols are sung in both German and English.  Santa Claus makes his visit with gifts for the children.  The chapter should be advised in advance of the names and ages of the children (up to and including 12 years old) attending so Santa will be prepared to greet them.

Contact the President (see top of page) for times of the events below.

2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

26 January

Folklore and Ethnic Dinner

27 April

Genealogy

6-12 July

AHSGR Convention, Lincoln, NE -
Cornhusker Hotel

16 August

Family Picnic

5 October

General Meeting and Election of Officers

7 December

Christmas Party



GOLDEN WHEAT CHAPTER LIBRARY & GENEALOGY

Our library contains many books, AHSGR Journals, Clues, and other resource material.  Chapter members are invited to browse through the material and are able to check out books for their research projects.  The Library is open on meeting days and the second Friday of every month. Members and non-members may make appointments to use the library at other times. A genealogy workshop is held yearly to assist our members in their areas of research.  Golden Wheat Chapter members are always willing to answer questions and offer suggestions on research projects throughout the year.

 

Officers

President
Karen (Suderman) Penner
928 Spruce
Newton, Ks.  67114
316-283-3129
Email: kpen@cox.net

1st Vice President
Program Chair

Dennis Zitterkopf

2nd Vice President/
Ways & Means

Sondra Schimming

Recording Secretary
Open

Corresponding Secretary/Publicity
Leann Strobel

Treasurer
Newsletter Editor

Vail Fruechting

Assistant Treasurer
Karen Calkins

Membership Chair
Karen Calkins

Historian
Ella Frederick

Registration
Darlene Seibel

Hospitality
Fay Foos
Rosemarie Vogel
Lee Heinrichs

Nominating
Ella Frederick

Photography & Video
Leann Strobel

Obituaries
Karen Penner

Library
Karen Calkins &
Ella Frederick

Meeting Set-up
Pat & Ralph Engelken
other Ad Hoc

Folklore
Open