|Work Paper #16 (December 1974)
Contains Norman E. Saul's article on "The Migration of the Russian Germans to Kansas"; an account of "The Earliest Volga Germans in Sutton, Nebraska, and a Portion of Their History"; and three articles on facets of the Mennonite Centennial as observed in Henderson, Nebraska, and Hillsboro, Kansas, and as commemorated by the issuing of a U.S. postage stamp. A special Christmas section includes poems, songs, New Year's wishes, and a recipe and features articles on Volga German Christmas customs by Timothy Kloberdanz, a short story by Mela M. Lindsay, and three translations about Christmas in Volhynia and Siberia. Regular features include Adam Giesinger's village reports, dealing this issue with the Volga Bergseite villages of Kamenka, Pfeifer, and Rothammel, book reviews, and a genealogy section. Work Paper #17 (April 1975): Cover: German Russian churches in Lincoln, Nebraska. The issue contains an account of a recent visit to a Russian collective by Peter J. Klassen; "A Russian Description of the Foreign Settlements in South Russia in 1820" by Norman E. Saul; a study of "The Volga Germans in Colorado and Their Languages" by Brian A. Lewis; and Reuben Goertz's description of pioneer marriage customs, "Wedding Bells Ringing, Skeletons in Closets Jingling." Also included are an illustrated "Visit to Steinbach," the Mennonite Village Museum near Winnipeg, by Delores Schwartz and a description of "The Germans From Russia in Hastings, Nebraska" by Dorothy W. Creigh. The issue also includes a "Historical Sketch of St. Peter's Parish and the Founding of the Colonies of Rastadt, Katharinental, and Speyer in Saskatchewan" and a reproduction of "A Volhynia-Mennonite Letter of Attestation." Regular features include the "Report From Germany," which focuses on Germans in the Soviet Union; "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived" with reports on the Black Sea villages of Alt-Schwedendorf, Alt-Danzig, and Josefstal; nine book reviews; and a genealogy section which includes a surname exchange and passenger lists.