What is AHSGR?
Founded in 1968 and incorporated that same year in the state of Colorado, the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) is an international, non-profit educational organization engaged in researching the history of all German Russians from all regions of Russia.
The Society publishes folklore and genealogical materials which it distributes to its members. AHSGR volunteers and staff (on both the local chapter and international levels) search for information and research records to translate. We seek to develop a storehouse of knowledge useful to current and future generations alike. In fact, AHSGR is proud to be known as the largest repository of information about Germans from Russia in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1973, the AHSGR office was relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska. On June 15, 1983, at its 15th International Convention, AHSGR dedicated its newly constructed International Headquarters Building and Heritage Center. In 1993, at the 25th International Convention in Denver, Colorado, the complex was named the AHSGR Cultural Heritage Research Center.
The center is between 6th and 7th streets from C to D streets, in the neighborhood known as the South Bottoms, designated by the National Park Service as a Historic District. The South Bottoms and North Bottoms neighborhoods were the principal settlements of Germans from Russia in Lincoln at the turn of the 20th century.
The AHSGR Cultural Heritage Research Center includes the Jake Sinner Headquarters Building, gift shop, historical museum, the Art Flegal Library Archives, the Emma Schwabenland Haynes Library Archives, a German from Russia Pioneer Family Commemorative Statue, and the Amen Family Historical Village, named in honor of the Henry J. Amen Family of Lincoln which includes a summer kitchen, chapel, country store, blacksmith shop, and barn. Find out more about our Museum here!