Dakota Memories Heritage Tour Set for September

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The 2011 Dakota Memories Heritage Tour is scheduled for Sept. 15-18. The tour will focus on German-Russian sites in south-central North Dakota and provide participants with direct cultural heritage and learning experiences.

Participants will taste homemade German-Russian cuisine, listen to a choir sing German songs in a country church, search for iron crosses in a cemetery and witness a local historian demonstrate the art of grave witching. They will travel across the prairie, visit Lawrence Welk's birthplace, learn about the culture and landscape from NDSU scholars, admire beautiful architecture in the well-known Catholic churches of Strasburg and Hague, and listen to accordion music and age-old German-Russian jokes.

A former tour participant describes the tour as an "unreal opportunity to see and experience the history and culture of the Germans from Russia in North Dakota."

The registration fee includes all meals, presentations and lodging. The tour is sponsored by NDSU Libraries' Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Extension Service's Center for Community Vitality and Prairie Public Broadcasting.

For cost, registration information and an itinerary for the 2011 Dakota Memories Heritage Tour contact Acacia Stuckle at 701-231-6596 or [email protected].