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.


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2016 Schedule of Events

Programs this year will have an emphasis on “Family History” and to understand the value of Family Heritage.   Our German Russian cultural heritage is rich with stories of our people, places, and events.  The programs will engage our families in a better understanding of the German Russian Heritage.  It is our hope that grandparents can connect to and bless their descendants’ lives by passing on their family’s history. 

The new meeting schedule using Saturdays will, hopefully, encourage new members, as well as, make it easier for those driving a distance and/or those having difficulty driving at night to attend more meetings. 

August 20 - All State Meeting - Corn Oklahoma Mennonite Brethren Church

The Central Oklahoma Chapter of Germans from Russia will hold their annual All State Meeting August 20, 2016 at the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church, 100 W. Main, in Corn, Oklahoma. The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Fiber That is Woven Throughout Our German Russian History Provides STRENGTH for Each New Generation”. We are excited to have the support of Mayor Barbara Nurnberg and Chris Loewen, Town Clerk joining us in this “historical” event.

The All State Meeting will explore how our own identity is found in our community and our German Russian Heritage, as we become heirs of the ideas, values, and traditions. Presentations will include “German Russian History from Europe to America”—Don Heinrichs; “Settlement of German Russians in Corn and Surrounding Area”—Peggy Goertzen, Ben Schmidt, Karen Wiens, and Joan Franz. A special musical presentation of favorite songs representing each generation, as well as, the History of Corn Bible Academy by Charles Regier, teacher and choir director. There will be special music from The Gossen Sisters Quartet. Museums with German Russian History will be represented: Karen Penner from Kaufmann Museum & Warkentin House in Newton, KS; Ben Schmidt from Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Gossel, KS; and Peggy Goertzen—Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS. We are especially excited about the “Family Museum” displaying the personal family history of some of the German Russian families settling in the area.

9:00 am Registration and coffee, kuchen, and schnika Enjoy the “Family” Museum while listening to special music

10:00 am Program begins in Sanctuary

There will be a potluck lunch at noon and each family is encouraged to bring 1-2 dishes plus a dessert (if, possible bring German Russian favorites). Drinks and table service provided. The chapter is providing a ham. After the program, at 2:45 there will be a Faspa (Mennonite term for a late afternoon lunch) before choosing to visit The Corn Historical Museum, Mr. Dennis Colwell’s Antique Museum, OR a guided van tour of special homes and landmarks of Corn. Please contact Anna Thompson (405) 316-4434 or LaDonna Hunt (405) 245-0175 for more information.


September - No meeting

October 8 - Harvest Fest - Our Lord’s Lutheran Church

November 16 10am 

Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, OKC

Our member, Sharon Cargill will be presenting to the public about her ancestory. It is a History Center program in which we encourage our members to attend if possible.

        Board Members

Chapter President
LaDonna Hunt

 1st Vice President
Anna Thompson gus.anna@yahoo.com

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

Recording Secretary
Howard Foote

Dr. Phil Brian

    Standing Committes

Harriet Wahler 


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

Newsletter Editor
Terri Moorman


Harold Penner 


Web Admin
Terri Moorman

Genealogy 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