On the Cover: Friedrich and Maria (Beilmann) Karlin were among the earliest Volga German immigrants who came to North America. They settled in Ellis County, Kansas, in 1875. Note Friedrich’s Russian-style boots and the sprig of fresh mint that Maria holds in her left hand. Among the Germans from Russia, mint (especially peppermint) had a wide variety of uses. This photo accompanies the article “Why We Are the Way We Are” by Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and Rosalinda (Appelhans) Kloberdanz (page 1). Articles: “Why We Are the Way We Are: Things Our German-Russian Grandparents Never Told Us,” by Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and Rosalinda (Appelhans) Kloberdanz; “Putting Your Family History in Historical Context,” by Bruce F. Pauley; “North Caucasus—2012,” by Wilhelm G. Doos and Jakob Boger; “An Iron Cross Under My Nose,” by Judy Kaland, co-winner in the 2014 AHSGR Storytelling Contest.