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“Resilience and Transformation: Germans from Russia in Northwestern Oklahoma (1889-1940)” presentation by Eric Schmaltz

June 19, 10 a.m.11 a.m.

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Visit the Sod House Museum on Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m., for the program “Resilience and Transformation: Germans from Russia in Northwestern Oklahoma (1889-1940)” presented by guest speaker Professor Eric Schmaltz of Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU).

Professor Schmaltz will provide information on the general migrations and settlements of ethnic Germans from the Russian Empire in the western parts of Oklahoma at the turn of the last century. He will explore the factors that led this group to settle across the Great Plains in vast numbers, as well as how these resilient immigrants and their descendants navigated great challenges and dynamic opportunities in American society. After more than a century, this group has become an integral and vital part of American life and culture. They have left a profound legacy in northwest Oklahoma in numerous endeavors, including the areas of agribusiness, architecture, art, foodways, language, music, politics, and faith.

Professor Schmaltz earned a PhD in history in 2002 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since 2005, he has taught European, American, and world history at NWOSU, and in 2019 began serving as departmental chair of social sciences. In 2014 he received the John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award at NWOSU and has been nominated for it on three other occasions. His research concentrates on modern Germany and modern Russia, as well as German migration topics.

The Sod House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located southeast of Aline on State Highway 8. For more information, contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

German school in Geary, 1913 (20315.29.14, Kent Ruth Collection, OHS)


June 19
10 a.m.–11 a.m.
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Sod House Museum
4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716