As many of you know, "Reinwald was founded on 14 July 1767 by the Government as a Lutheran Colony. By decree dated 26 February 1768, Reinwald received the official Russian name of Staritsa which means Oxbow Lakes." (Retrieved from cvgs.cu-portland.edu/settlements/mother_colonies/colony_reinwald.cfm on July 14, 2016).
Reinwald was settled by 231 individuals. This place would be home to the Herzogs, Reimers, Kerbers and many other of my ancestors.
Today I as I write this update, I sit in the ASHGR Convention Research Room in Concord, California. It may not sound as celebratory as it could be, yet the timing is good. Many of the AHSGR members will gather here in village meetings later this morning and this afternoon. So, I will meet with some of the descendants of Reinwald who will re-connect once again.
Below is also a picture of a few.descendants of Reinwald. It was taken in 2008 in Protestante, Buenos Aires, Argentina. I know the travelers from the United States and Canada, but would greatly appreciate help from everyone in Argentina to identify everyone in the picture. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help me in this endeavor.
All in all, the Thursday, July 14, 2016 stacks up to be a great anniversary day for everyone!