Central Oklahoma Chapter


The purpose of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is to bring together people interested in the history of Germans from Russia. Through a better understanding of Germans from Russia, we will promote a better appreciation of their history and the preservation of their culture through their descendants.


 Check out the latest newsletter: June 2015 - click on newsletter on the left and read all about upcoming events and those that have occurred in the last few months.    

Central Oklahoma Chapter Events in November - December

November 6&7 Mennonite Relief Sale - Garfield County Fairgrounds Chisholm Trail Expo Center, 111 West Purdue Avenue, Enid, OK 73701 Check out http://okreliefsale.com/ for further information.


Nov.14, 2015 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Genealogy Research – sponsored by AHSGR & History Center Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., OKC

Please join us for our genealogy research meeting on “Obituaries” and learn how obituaries are a favorite resource for genealogists.  Patricia Nunes Jones, of the Oklahoma History Center, will be our presenter and will address locating obituaries and “squeezing” both direct and indirect information from these “potential goldmines”.    The meeting is on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at the Oklahoma History Center: 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, OKC from 10:00-12:00 in the research library.  Lunch and visiting at the Winnie Mae Café and then return to the library (you are welcome to stay as long as you need to and the staff is there until 4:00 p.m. to help).   

Special attention will be given to aide our members in the completion of a Family Group Chart and an Ancestral Chart for submission to the German from Russian archives.  A new AHSGR Clues will be published in 2016 and to be included in the Germans from Russia surname exchange you need to have submitted your Family and Ancestral charts.  (Charts can be filled in on hard copy OR you can be shown how to complete a GEDCOM file.) Please bring your family group sheet.

We welcome those beginning their research, as well as, those that are documenting vital records for proof and/or those that are more advanced.  Our approach, in these genealogy meetings, for recording family stories and genealogy is to provide information, resources, and guidance through the expertise of Debra Spindle, PhD, MLIS Librarian at the Oklahoma History Center.  Instructions on how to organize a research notebook and  handouts will be provided. 

We are soooo excited to introduce Patricia Nunes Jones, our presenter,  to you! 

Patricia is originally from Rio Grande do Sul State in Brazil, where she lived for 35 years.  This region received most of the Germans that migrated to Brazil from 1818 to 1960.  She will be sharing her experiences of the influences of the Germans where she lived.  She is the Technical Services Manager at the Research Library of the Oklahoma Historical Society and has been working in special collections and access to resources since 2001.  She, also, helps genealogists and historians find answers to their research questions.  We will be working closely with Patricia (PJ) as we transition our chapter’s resource library into the History Center’s Resource Library in order to provide better access for those doing research on German Russians.

                Hope to see you there.  Please contact me, if you have any questions. Anna Thompson (405)306-4434

Nov 17 2015, 7-8pm. Monthly Meeting

Our Lord’s Lutheran Church, 2900 W. Hefner Rd., Oklahoma City

 Jon Reiff will be sharing information about his relatives and what they experienced in Russia and their return to Germany during the 1990s. Refreshments will be served.

 Dec 4, 2015 Annual Christmas dinner

 Our Lord’s Lutheran Church, 2900 W. Hefner Rd., Oklahoma City

Christmas traditions presentation, Annual Business meeting. Bring grand children.

 Dec 13, 2015 German Christmas Church service. 4pm.

 Messiah Lutheran Church, NW Expressway & Portland. Reception follows with cookies provided by our AHSGR OKC chapter.

Calendar for 2015


February              7              10a.m. Corn Bible Academy Feast and Auction

                             14           10a.m. – 2:00p.m. OK History Center Research day

                              17           7p.m. Film – “And When They Shall Ask”

March                   2             5p.m. Bessie Annual Pancake and Sausage Supper

                              17           7p.m. OKC AHSGR monthly meeting

April                      11           10a.m. – 2:00p.m. OK History Center Research day

                              21           6:30p.m. OKC AHSGR monthly meeting - Founder’s Day

May                       9            10a.m. OKC AHSGR Board Meeting – Ingrid’s Kitchen

     19           Annual OKC AHSGR picnic

August                  8           All State- Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church

September         11           6pm - OKC AHSGR sponsoring outing to Old Germany Oktoberfest

                             15          OKC AHSGR monthly meeting

                             18          Possible outing to Enid Lantern Tour – Cherokee Strip Settlement

                             19          10a.m. OKC AHSGR Board Meeting – Ingrid’s Kitchen

October               10         Harvest Fest

November          6&7        Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale in Enid

                            14           10a.m. – 2:00p.m. OK History Center Research day

                            17           OKC AHSGR monthly meeting

December           4              Christmas Dinner/Annual Business Meeting

                            13             German Christmas Service – Messiah Lutheran


        Board Members

Chapter President
Howard Foote (405)495-4369 hfoote@cox.net

1st Vice President
Harold Penner  hpenner1@gmail.com

2nd Vice President
Karlene Grosz (405) 341-1098

Recording Secretary
LaDonna Hunt Lhunt1234@att.net

Greg Amen amengreg@yahoo.com

    Standing Committes

Pat Sauer (405) 373-3363 patricia.sauer.1@gmail.com

Delbert Amen (405)751-9029 delbertamen@cox.net

Newsletter Editor
Mary Horn marysphotorestore@gmail.com


Freddie Baker (405) 433-2778 fredebaker2@aol.com


Web Admin
Terri Moorman

Geology Research
Anna Thompson


Additional Committees

Corresponding Secretary
Mary Mushrush marymushrush@cox.net

Rev. Clifford Koehn          (405) 884-2705  cekoehn@pldi.net

Cookbook Project
Freddie Baker (405) 433-2778