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Lincoln


Nebraska

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Museum

Lincoln is not only Nebraska’s state capital, it is also home to many of the nation’s most prized historical monuments dating from the early 1900s to present day.

In 1764, Russian Czarina Catherine the Great invited German natives to settle along the Volga River. Many responded because of the promises made to them. By 1870, many of the promises had run out or were being revoked by the Russian government, prompting a mass migration.

The Germans from Russia were attracted to Lincoln and the Great Plains because of the climate and the agricultural societies. By 1914, more than one-third of Lincoln's population was made up of these immigrants and their descendants.

This unique museum is dedicated to preserving their culture and houses the society offices, archives and special displays, including a summer kitchen, all-faiths chapel, store and blacksmith shop. A statue depicting the typical German-Russian immigrant family as they arrived in the Americas is located at the front of the museum.

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This seven-foot limestone statue depicts the German Russian families who settled in the United States
This seven-foot limestone statue depicts the German Russian families who settled in the United States

   
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