Founded in 1968 and incorporated in the same year in the state of Colorado, the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) is an international, non-profit educational organization engaged in researching the history of all German Russians. The society publishes folklore and genealogical materials and distributes them to its members. AHSGR volunteers and staff on both local chapter and international levels search for information, translate, and develop a store-house of knowledge useful to current and future generations.
In 1973, the AHSGR office was relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska. On June 15, 1983, AHSGR dedicated its newly constructed international headquarters and heritage center in Lincoln. In 1993, the headquarters complex was named the AHSGR Cultural Heritage Research Center. The center is between 6th and 7th streets from C to D streets, in the neighborhood known as the South Bottoms, designated by the National Park Service as a Historic District. The South Bottoms and North Bottoms neighborhoods were the principal settlements of Germans from Russia in Lincoln at the turn of the 20th century.
The AHSGR Cultural Heritage Research Center includes the Jake Sinner Headquarters Building, the Emma Schwabenland Haynes Library Archives, a German from Russia Pioneer Family Commemorative Statue, and the Amen Family Historical Village, named in honor of the Henry J. Amen Family of Lincoln.