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 2014 (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 4 - Jim Neuenfeldt will talk about how taking that extra step helped him being found and finding relatives in his 2013 adventure into family history. Sharing a little bit of Pommern/Neuenfeldt History.
Feb 1 - Heart of Pommern Meeting with Pommern Trivia and prizes and Paul will show several photos of every Kreis.
March 1 - Oberammergau - History of the Passion Play - by Margie Deutsch
April 5 - Translation Meeting and DVD "The Teacher who defied Hitler."
May 3 - Author Erika C. Stevenson was just six years old when, after World War II, soldiers expelled more than three million Sudeten Germans from their ancestral homes in the Sudetenlands of Czechoslovakia. In Fighting for Road Apples, she tells the story of how she was indelibly marked for life as a refugee. In this memoir, she discusses her experiences in bomb shelters; with ethnic cleansing; of enduring a cruel separation from her mother; and of being contained in a stinking boxcar for livestock, condemned for expulsion from her homeland in Bohemia. Intertwined with her family's heritage-marked by misfortunes and struggles of survival-she narrates the stories of the turbulent, blighted by poverty postwar years in Germany. Stevenson describes blithe anecdotes of teen adventures and of falling in love with a foreign student who harbored a few secrets. She also recounts her father's compelling escape from a British POW camp after D-Day and his later incarceration in a notorious Czech concentration camp. A story of challenges and triumphs, Fighting for Road Apples narrates the true story of what ordinary people endured during an extraordinary time. Her book will be for sale at our meeting.
June 14 (Note: nothing on the 7th!) - No formal meeting this month.
We are sponsoring the Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers from Freistadt, Wisconsin at the GAI (German-American Institute) at 301 Summit Avenue. Deutsche Tage is June 14 & 15 at the GAI and we will have a Pommern booth there. Join us for food, beer, desserts and entertainment.
July 5 - This will be a research meeting. Bring your research along and network with other people in your Kreis/County.
August 2 - WWII Prisoners of War in Minnesota by Ellen Puff. When Minnesota veterans returned home in the fall of 1945, they were surprised to find thousands of German prisoners of war harvesting the state’s crops. Twenty-one POW camps, housing Axis soldiers captured in Europe and North Africa, were established in Minnesota between 1943 and 1945. Prisoners from these camps proved to be a valuable source of manpower for agriculture, logging, and small businesses. Based on archival material, documented German POW interviews, Ms. Puff’s fictional account of the New Ulm camp, and one of our own PRG member’s mother’s account, the presentation will recreate an absorbing episode in Minnesota’s history.
Ms. Puff’s debut fictional novel, “The Blood-Dimmed Tide” was nominated for a 2011 Minnesota Book Award.
Sept 6 - Fred Sauer will talk about the GGS library collection at Concordia College and talk about using the indexes.
Oct 4 - Bob Bublitz will talk about life in Regenwalde and Schivelbein based on research he has done for a book he has written.
Nov 1 - Joint meeting with the Polish genealogy group. 10am - noon. Dr. Christopher Gehrz, Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Bethel University, will discuss what our Polish parents and grandparents experienced in Poland during the period of martial law in Poland under General Wojciech Jaruzelski. Although very controversial, General Jaruzelski just very recently passed away and was awarded an honorable burial in Poland.
Dr. Gehrz received his Ph.D from Yale University with an emphasis on European and Diplomatic History. He regularly teaches a course on Poland and has continued his research on diplomacy, war and especially human rights which will be of special interest to our genealogy researchers who want to know more about how their relatives in Poland lived their daily lives prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Dec 6 - Christmas Program - Jim Neuenfeldt will do a short review of the Pommern Dancers and German Fest.
MGS Library 1185 Concord Street N. Room 218, South St. Paul 55075
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