Welcome to NDStudies.org

The North Dakota Studies regional website offers resources on the people, places, events, and fascinating history of North Dakota and the region for teachers, students, and lifelong learners. A collaboration of the North Dakota Humanities Council (NDHC), the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and the North Central Council for School Television in partnership with Prairie Public, the site provides teaching resources not only for fourth grade, eighth grade, and high school North Dakota Studies classes but also for cross-curricular applications for K-12 classrooms across the region. In addition, you will find photographs, maps, and other primary documents, well-researched and authoritative articles, as well as audio and video clips on the history, culture, and life of the region.

To get started, if you are searching for videos go to the links created in the box to the right to guide you to the North Dakota and Minnesota Regional Studies Collection on PBS LearningMedia, Prairie Public YouTube Channel or browse for resources using one of the drop-down menus.

This Week's Feature

It's All Earth and Sky - The Tigers of their World
As the generations pass, changes and assimilation of Germans from Russia and many other ethnic
groups result in finding a balance between their traditional ethnicity and being American, bringing
the best of both worlds to their successful endeavors.

Overview

As the generations pass, changes and assimilation of Germans from Russia and many other ethnic groups results in finding a balance between their traditional ethnicity and being American, bringing the best of both worlds to their successful endeavors.

“It’s all earth and sky!” was the reaction of one German-Russian immigrant when she arrived on the plains of the Upper Midwest. Like many others who came to the region seeking a land of promise and opportunity, she and her family endured – and prevailed – on this rich, expansive landscape. Immigration implies departure, as well as arrival. Transport from one country to another may mean deportation; it inescapably includes exile whether voluntary or forced, and brings disruption to families in the old country and in the new. Immigrants require courage and fortitude, even when they are weak and poor. Like many others who have come here, Germans from Russia have suffered, and they have overcome. Since their background and history is as rich in texture as it is in diversity, they serve here as a model of assimilation of other ethnic groups into American society. Five representative Germans from Russia, Arthur Flegel, Debra Marquart, Al Neuharth, Henry Schmick and Brian Schweitzer, who have all attained success in their lives, share their insights on the process of becoming American.

 

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It's All Earth and Sky - Frugality and Ties to the Old World
Debra Marquart illustrates frugality by reading a poem from her book, Everything's a Verb, about the burning of an oil lamp. Also
discussed are marriages of the second generation and correspondence with relatives in Russia.

Overview

Debra Marquart illustrates frugality by reading a short story about the burning of an oil lamp. Also discussed are marriages of the second generation and correspondence with relatives in Russia.

“It’s all earth and sky!” was the reaction of one German-Russian immigrant when she arrived on the plains of the Upper Midwest. Like many others who came to the region seeking a land of promise and opportunity, she and her family endured – and prevailed – on this rich, expansive landscape. Immigration implies departure, as well as arrival. Transport from one country to another may mean deportation; it inescapably includes exile whether voluntary or forced, and brings disruption to families in the old country and in the new. Immigrants require courage and fortitude, even when they are weak and poor. Like many others who have come here, Germans from Russia have suffered, and they have overcome. Since their background and history is as rich in texture as it is in diversity, they serve here as a model of assimilation of other ethnic groups into American society. Five representative Germans from Russia, Arthur Flegel, Debra Marquart, Al Neuharth, Henry Schmick and Brian Schweitzer, who have all attained success in their lives, share their insights on the process of becoming American.

 

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North Dakota and Minnesota Regional Studies collection offers resources on the people, places, events, and fascinating history of North Dakota and Minnesota for teachers, students, and lifelong learners.

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