Non-Chapter Activities and Events

Why did the German Russians have great FAITH, but little else? What can we learn from them?
This photo tour into Ukraine, Moldavia and Bessarabia (typical of German Russian lands) reveals German Russians impact on history, now and into the future. They left German territories in the mid 1700's, with the bare minimum.... but incredible faith to colonize German Russia. In the early 1900's-1950's, they again had to leave these colonized areas with only their faith and little else, ending up in Canada. This may interest people studying family and spiritual roots, world travellers and curious history seekers. Bring your family for an emotional, proud journey into history. Find out what the challenges are now for people in these regions.

Where: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 66-7 ST NE. Calgary, AB. Parking is available behind the church.

When: January 12, 2019, 2pm (Eastern Europe Christmas month)

What is included: Free photo presentation, popcorn, homemade garlic and ham sausage for sale.

RSVP by January 9, 2019. to Andrea at 403 266-1458 at the church office.

RootsTech 2019
February 27-March 2, 2019
Register for RootsTech 2019 Today! Registration for RootsTech 2019 is now open! Take advantage of exclusive early bird pricing, and purchase your full conference pass for only $189! Regularly priced at $299, that's over $100 in savings! Can't attend the full conference? 1-day passes are only $99. Register today! Don't wait. Prices increase to $209 on October 12. Register here.

Tours to the German Colonies along the Volga River - 2019
Register before 1 October 2018 Save $100(discount will be applied to balance due. Deposit remains at $650)

To celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the first German colonies along the Volga River in Russia, Volga German Tours is offering four tours to the Volga German colonies in 2019!

Tour A: June 7-17
Colonies:* Anton, Balzer, Beideck, Donhof, Franzosen, Huck, Kutter, Messer, Moor, Norka, & Schilling

Tour B: June 12-22
Colonies:* Bangert, Dinkel, Dobrinka, Dreispitz, Jost, Holstein, Kraft, Kukkus, Laub, Lauwe, Shcherbakovka, Stahl am Tarlyk, Straub, & Warenburg

Tour C: August 2-12
Colonies:* Brabander, Dehler, Gobel, Herzog, Hildmann, Kamenka, Katharinenstadt, Leichtling, Louis, Mariental, Ober-Monjou, Pfeifer, Semenovka, & Wittmann

Tour D: August 7-17
Colonies:* Bauer, Dietel, Frank, Grimm, Hussenbach, Kautz, Kolb, Kratzke, Merkel, & Walter

*Consult with Dr. Mai about the possibility of adding additional colonies to any of the tours.
All tours are open to the public and will be led by Drs. Brent Mai and Mila Koretnikov.
Only 30 people will be taken on each tour.

Questions about the tours should be directed to Brent Mai at: or 971.322.8124
More information can be found here

2019 German Genealogy Conference
Conference will be held June 15-17, 2019 in Sacramento, California.
See Conference page to view our press release for additional details.

Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta
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