The PRG meets the first Saturday of each month at
1185 Concord Street North, South Saint Paul, MN 55075
from 1:30 to 4:00pm
The Purpose of the PRG is to:
* stimulate interest in the genealogy and history of Pommern
* collect, preserve and publish genealogical and historical information
* collect materials about Pommern
* provide a forum to share research methods and information
* to further the research of our Pommern ancestors
PROPOSED MEETINGS IN 2013 (all meetings are at the Minnesota Genealogical Society in South Saint Paul, unless stated otherwise).
Social time 1 pm. Meeting at 1:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.
Jan. 5 - An interesting look at manor homes in Pommern from our vast collection of photos. Paul will talk about manor life in Pommern and show before and after photos of homes from simple farm houses up to the castles and palaces. Rare interior and farmyard views, building history and the nobility that built them.
Feb. 2 - "Research Your Heart in Pommern" There is an abundance of Pommern resources available including maps, magazines, newspapers and a wide variety of books. DVD's of previous meetings will be on sale for $2.
March 2 - Tourists today enjoy visiting the beautiful old town of Würzburg, located on the Main River in Northern Bavaria. The first cathedral was consecrated in 788 by Charlemagne. The University of Würzburg was founded in 1402, making it one of the oldest in Germany. The palace, called the Würzburg Residence, with its beautiful Hall of Mirrors was begun in 1720. In 1940, about 108,000 people lived in Würzburg, but in the next 5 years about 25,000 men left for war service. Near the war's end in 1945 the city had been relatively undamaged. But the British considered that because of the half-timber buildings in the cramped old city, it was an excellent candidate for a firestorm. On the evening of March 16, air raid sirens sounded at 9:07. At 9:25, the first of 225 planes dropped its bombs. The bombing proceeded in three waves from 21:25 to 21:42. First the roofs and windows of the old town were destroyed with 256 heavy bombs and arial mines (396 tons). This prepared the way for 300,000 incendiary bombs (582 tons). Within a very short time isolated pockets of fire emerged, and this developed into a single area-wide firestorm with temperatures from 1500-2000°C. In 17 minutes about 90 % of the city was destroyed - 21,062 homes and 35 churches. 5,000 people died. Our speaker for the March 2nd meeting, Liz von Berrinberg, lived through this and she will share her story of survival.
Liz has written this story and her book will soon be available.
April 6 - The translation meeting - We will also give a talk on website help and computer help.
May 4 - Author Wolfgang Samuel will talk about his books "German Boy," and "Coming to Colorado."
June 1 - Kim Ashford will talk about research at Salt Lake City and changes in the LDS Website.
July 6 - Nathan Matula will talk about DNA and genealogy.
August 3 - Bob Rowe will talk about the Find-a-Grave website.
September 7 - "The Berlin Wall" by Margie Deutsch
October 5 - Dr. Koelpin will speak about setting your family story in a time-place context.
November 2 - Joint meeting with the Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota. At 10:00 AM. Mary Ostby will present on the numerous county records available to genealogist and the wonderful Benton County Historical Society's museum. Mary is the Executive Director for the historical society and museum. Mary has extensive experience and is enthusiastic about directing researchers to their great collection of county records.
Dr. Art Grachek will present on his travels in Poland and the work of his cousin Lukasz Bielecki who has recorded the records of over 500,000 weddings in Poland in the "Poznan Project." Dr. Grachek is Professor Emeritus from St. Cloud State University. His specialty is speech and communications. He has traveled extensively in Poland and other European countries.
Lunch - Noon
1:00 PM. - Jim Neuenfeldt will have a power point presentation on the "Teutonic Castles of Poland." Jim is the current chair of the Pommern Regional Group of MN. He is a member at large, PRG liaison to the German Genealogy Group, member of the Polish Genealogy Society and a member of the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota. He is a volunteer instructor for WIESCO and has instructed at their English Language Camp in Torun, Poland for the past five years. Jim has received the Distinguished Silver Medal, Unitas Durat Palatinatus Culaviano Pomeraniensis from the Marshall of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship in Poland. Jim has both traveled and done research in Poland.
Lunch will be catered and cost $5 for Pommern group members.
Date: November 2, 2013
Location: MGS Auditorium, 1st Floor
1185 Concord St. So. St. Paul
Time: 10:00 AM - Noon, Lunch, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
December 7 - Christmas Celebration and PRG 15th Anniversary, Theme: Crystal. We will see a super-cool video made by Cordell Affeldt of her trip to Kreis Regenwalde. Five mini-videos will include: Stettin city, Stettin Archives, Regenwalde & Saatzig villages, Griefswald archives, the Markiwitz Family. We will also see some small You-Tube videos including the Train Museum in Hamburg. Door prizes too.
MGS Library 1185 Concord Street N. Room 218, South St. Paul 55075
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