Thursday, June 14, 2012

Images from Day One-AHSGR Portland Convention

Just a few quick comments about a wonderful start to the AHSGR convention.  We began the day at St. Michael's Sanctuary.  This view of the altar was the perfect background to our key note address.

All of the flags are displayed in the Library Lobby...


Fabian Zubia Schultheis shared his knowledge of the Volga German colonies in Argentina.

Brent Mai informed the audience of his research on the Volga Relief Society and their remarkable efforts to quickly aid the starving German Russians during 1921-23.

We look forward to another excellent day tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Big Day in Portland!

Woke up at 2 a.m. to be alert enough to catch the shuttle when it came to my front door.

As you may already know, I traveled to Portland today to attend the AHSGR convention at Concordia University.  Registration opened at 4 p;m. and my flight arrived at 9:10 a.m. So my sister Joan and her husband John decided to get out and enjoy the day.

First Stop: Multnomah Falls in the Columbia Gorge. Fabulous views, glorious walk.

More to come. Stay tuned.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Heading to Portland...Concordia University

The butterflies awoke in my stomach this morning.  It is the first day of the week I have looked forward to for months. To say I am excited and nervous and ready to roll, is an understatement.

I travel to Portland for the AHSGR convention. Today I highlighted the sites on my Portland map where I will be at later this week...Concordia University, the hotel, the Grotto, Voodoo Donuts and Powell Bookstore.  There will be many more places in Portland that I will be familiar with a week from now.

While I have attended and presented at AHSGR conventions in the past, the one in Portland will be most meaningful since my sister and her family will join me.  There are great sessions planned…cooking demonstrations, scrapbooking, and historical presentations.  My workshop entitled “Grebel & Gem├╝tlichkeit,” is as ready as it can be for its Saturday 1:30 p.m. debut. That won’t stop me from rehearsing it again and again and again.  As I worked on this presentation, I have questioned basic assumptions of my family history.  As a result, I have researched and learned much more about the women in my family tree. I am excited to present these new discoveries which have re-awakened my desire and perseverance.  But, first, I must finish my batch of butterhorns and hope the frozen delights will travel well with me.

I will post here about who I meet and what I learn at the convention.  I hope I will see you there!  And, from butterflies to butterhorns, I know it will be a great event.