|Work Paper #23 (Spring 1977)
Cover: Volhynian German women threshing hemp accompanies Adam Giesinger's translation of an article by Friedrich Rink on the history of the German settlements in Volhynia. A helpful guide to present-day names of Volga German colonies, Emma S. Haynes's article is embellished with a chart and map furnished by Karl Stumpp. In the continuing series John B. Toews expands his study of "Documents on Mennonite Life in Russia" with Part III, an examination of the German capture of the Khortitsa Volost, including the villages of Burwalde, Khortitsa, Franzfeld, Kronstal, Neuenburg, Neuendorf, and Rosengart; and Adam Giesinger explores ancestral villages in the province of Bessarabia, Tarutino, Krassna, Kloestitz, Teplitz, and Sarata. The Folklore Forum on nuptial rituals features an expansive, 28 page article, "Marriage Beliefs and Customs of the Germans From Russia." Lawrence A. Weigel completes the description with "A Traditional Wedding Song" in his music column. Special reports included are Arthur E. Flegel's translation of Matthias Hagin's "Report on the 1976 Convention of the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland" and Lawrence A. Weigel's account of "The Centennial Celebration of the Volga German Settlements in Ellis and Rush Counties in Kansas." The issue also contains book reviews of additions to the AHSGR Loan Collection and a genealogy section with "Queries," "Surname Exchange," and "Passenger Lists".