A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT -CURTIS MERTZ
|Dear GRHS Members,|
I, the GRHS board and GRHS staff hope that you and your families and friends are healthy and safe during our rapidly changing lives due to COVID-19. GRHS members are a hearty group of people who have a heritage of stepping up in difficult situations. So, I anticipate many of you are doing well. However, if still worrisome, we encourage you to reach out to another GRHS member or a family member or a neighbor if you would like some help. Sometimes, just hearing a friendly voice or knowing a kindred spirit is doing self isolation may be very helpful! For example, you may use this time period as an opportunity to do a long overdue telephone call to catch up with a long time friend.
I am also writing to share information about what is going on within GRHS.
Since many GRHS board members live outside Bismarck, North Dakota, the GRHS Executive Committee decided the GRHS April 25 board meeting should be a virtual only meeting. This supports the social distance/self isolation/lock down request by federal and local public health guidance for precautions to help keep us healthy.
As a further health and safety precaution, mandates in North Dakota concerning COVID-19, access to the GRHS headquarters building and library in Bismarck is closed to the public. Staff are there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to keep up on office duties and mail. Phone calls will be answered at that time by calling (701) 223-6167. After hours you can leave a message on the answering machine.
The GRHS Convention Committee in conjunction with the GRHS Executive Committee have been discussing scenarios about our upcoming 2020 convention which will be held at the Bismarck Ramkota Hotel. We have talked with the hotel and found out about their updated cleaning process due to COVID-19. No decision has yet been made to keep the convention at its current date or moving it to later in 2020 or canceling it. The 2020 convention will be discussed at the April 25 board meeting and a decision will be made about the convention by mid to late May. I want all convention attendees to be safe!
I will try to keep the website and Facebook up to date as much as we can.
In closing, again, I hope all GRHS members and their families and friends are healthy and safe.
Due to unforseen circumstances, the update of our web site is taking longer than expected.
You will find broken links until the problem is solved. Thank you for your patience.
The GRHS has a new publication ready for sale:
RASTADT ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH CHURCH BAPTISMS 1815 - 1830 - a project of Germans from Russia Heritage Society, coordinated by the GRHS Clearing House, January 2020 Includes index. Soft cover.
Member Price - $25.00
Non-member price – $50.00
Come Join In Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary!
50TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Will be held July 22-25th, 2020 at the
Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center - Bismarck, North Dakota
Hosted by your Board of Directors
More information coming soon!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
The Society functions as a non-profit, non-denominational, non-political organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of North Dakota. Its aims are educational and social. Its purpose is to bring together people who are interested in discovering the common history unique to Germanic-Russian ethnics and to preserve the many elements of their rich heritage.
The Society collects, lists, and catalogues published materials and personal documents that tell of the European migrations and exodus to the United States and Canada and also of the pioneer life on the plains. These materials can be read and researched in our library at 1125 W. Turnpike Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501. This library at our International Headquarters in Bismarck contains many books and magazines dealing with our ancestors.