German Canadians 1750 - 1937: Immigration, Settlement & Culture
By Heinz Lehmann
Translated, edited and introduced by Gerhard P. Bassler, Jesperson
Press, St. John's, Newfoundland, 1986, 541 pages, hardcover.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to present
this well documented and researched book on the Germans who immigrated
to western Canada.
In the Foreward, Heinz Lehmann writes from Tübingen, Germany in
1985: "I shall be very happy indeed when this English version of
my early studies, that took me long years of research in libraries
and archives, and several months of field studies in Canada, can
now appear around my golden wedding anniversary. I take it as a
later, but not too later, recognition of my work for the benefit
of Canada and the German Canadians."
Of much interest to the Germans from Russia community, includes
these chapters: "From the Russian Steppes to the Prairie Frontier,"
"Settlement Patterns in Western Canada," "Religious, Secular and
Cultural Life in Western Canada," and "Language Loyalty and Ethnic
Lehmann describes in detail the German exodus from the Black Sea
area, Volhynia and central Poland, and the Volga region to western
Canada between 1874 to 1914. Lehmann covers settlement patterns
of the Mennonites in southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. For the
Black Sea Germans, he describes settlement of Catholic Germans from
Russia from the Kutschurgan District, South Russia to St. Peter's
Colony and St. Joseph's Colony in Saskatchewan. He shares importance
of church congregations as the mainstay of ethnicity.
The Appendix includes valuable census data, maps and ethnic composition
charts. There are historic black and white photographs including
a sod house of St. Joseph's Colony, breaking of virgin prairie sod,
a hausfrau with spinning wheel, and many other photos. The Notes,
Bibliography, and Index sections are most impressive in detail.
Sod house, with German settlers,
St. Joseph's Colony, Saskatchewan, around 1900.
A German settler breaking virgin
prairie sod in the Saskatchewan bush, spring, 1934.
A German from Russia "hausfrau"
photographed in Saskatchewan in 1934 with her spinning wheel
from her homeland.
A pioneer German homesteader
in the Saskatchewan bush improving his first dwelling, 1934.
of book by Edna Boardman
The German Canadians 1750 - 1937
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