Schmaltz represents Northwestern at German-American Studies Annual Symposium

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Schmaltz represents Northwestern at German-American Studies Annual Symposium

May 3, 2011 

 Dr. Eric Schmaltz
Dr. Eric Schmaltz

In mid-April, Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history and co-executive director of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Masonic Institute for Citizenship Studies, presented a panel paper at the Annual Symposium of the Society for German-American Studies (SGAS) held at the University of Delaware in Newark. His paper, “The Germans from Russia in the Americas: A Story of Retention and Transformation,” compared the migration of the Germanic Diaspora people from the late Russian Empire and early Soviet Union to North and South America between the 1870s and 1920s, and examined their subsequent group development.

The panel on “Germans from Russia” featured several other recognized scholars in the field: Thomas A. Stangl of the Glueckstal Colonies Research Association on “German Migration Routes to the Land of the Tsars: The State Archives of the Odessa Region File 6-8-2 and the 1809 Passports from Frankfurt am Main to Taurien, Russia”; Dr. Homer Rudolf at the University of Richmond in Virginia on “The Music of the German-Russians and Their Descendants”; and Schmaltz’s one-time undergraduate adviser, Dr. Vern J. Rippley of the Department of German at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., on “A New Look at the ‘German Question’ in Late Tsarist Russia.” Rippley also is one of the founding members of SGAS in 1968.

Active in the publishing field and public-lecture circuit, Schmaltz continues to serve as journal editor of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society’s (GRHS) official quarterly Heritage Review based in Bismarck, N.D. Earlier this semester, Schmaltz also gave a talk on the subject of Germans from Russia to the Northwestern Oklahoma Genealogical Society at the Alva Public Library.

He will travel to Germany and Ukraine early this summer to visit former villages of the Germans from Russia. He also plans to present a different paper topic on Germans from Russia at next year’s SGAS gathering held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

-NW-