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

August 8,   10:00am – 2:30pm Central Oklahoma Chapter of AHSGR All-State Meeting

Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church, 1600 E. State Road, Fairview, OK, on State Highway 58 going east out of town.

The meeting will officially start at 10am, but you are welcome to come earlier to help set up at 9am and/or start visiting with friends and new acquaintances. The noon meal is potluck so please bring some food if possible. Any ethnic German/Russian foods would definitely be appreciated. Drinks and tableware will be provided.

In the morning, we will have two presentations. Jon Reiff, a member of our chapter, will be sharing experiences and photos of visiting relatives in Germany who had immigrated back to Germany from Russia. For the next presentation, we know there are many families living in Fairview and surrounding areas whose ancestors settled as part of the opening of the Cherokee Strip. Archivist Mr. Aaron Preston of the Cherokee Strip Regional History Center in Enid will be giving a presentation about the Cherokee Strip and also introduce the resources available in Enid.

In the afternoon we will have several items including one presentation. Freddie Baker will announce the winner(s) of the yearly Scholarship contest and give more information about the cookbook being put together.  Howard Foote, the president will give a condensed presentation of 2000 years of Christian History which is a big part of the faith of our ancestors. We will conclude with a report of the Convention at Billings Montana by our 1st Vice president, Harold Penner.  The public is welcome, so bring the whole family and also invite your friends whether or not they have German/Russian ancestry.

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