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The 2021 GRHS International Convention

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50th Convention Registration in .pdf formatting



Elective Board for 2020-2021

  • President - Curtis Mertz
  • Vice President - Valerie Ingram Stewart
  • Treasurer - Don Heck
  • Secretary - Yvonne Haefner
  • Member at Large - Gary Hummel

Director Election results 2020 Term of 3 years

  • Brian Gefroh
  • Don Heck
  • Jane Kangas
  • Stephanie Baltzer Kom
  • Valerie Ingram Stewart

Lane Alton Nusz - James Allen Renz Award

  • Individual who has contributed to the Preservation & Goals of the GRHS- Matthew Klee, Hastings, MN (Monetary award)
  • Pedigree Chart Submitted - Elaine M. (Froehlich) - Moxee, WA (received a 1 year free membership)

2019 Joseph S. Height Literary Award Winners

  • ESSAY - Dr. Thomas D. Isern - "Heroes of German-Russian Country: Making the Most of Our Narriative Heritage", Heritage Review, October 2019, pp.22
  • TRANSLATION - No winner - Per contest guidelines, no acceptable or legal entries were submitted during 2019.
  • GENEALOGY - Allen L. Thunberg, "The Journey of a Family: From Wurttemberg to Russia to the American Plains" (in 3 parts), Heritage Reviews: March 2019, pp 20; June 2019 pp 31; October 2019, pp 30
  • OTHER - Paulette Stolitz, "Rememberance Day Tribute, November 11, 2019", Heritage Review December 2019, pp 18


The 2021 Convention is tentatively scheduled for

21-24 July 2021

at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center

Bismarck, North Dakota

Hosted by your Board of Directors



Seeking Convention Volunteers!Volunteers are at the heart of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, and the convention is no exception.

If you would like to volunteer to help at the convention please email GRHS headquarters at Rachel's Email address at GRHS

Looking forward to seeing you there!