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Schmaltz opens 3-part lecture series in Rugby

September 6, 2019
Pierce County Tribune

The Prairie Village Museum is hosting Dr. Eric Schmaltz on Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at the Prairie Village Museum as the first speaker in a three-part lecture series focused on the American Dream. The talk begins at 2:00pm and is all ages, public, and free. It will be hosted in the newly completed German from Russian Heritage Hall on the Museum campus.

Eric Schmaltz has deep North Dakota roots and hails from the Minot area. He has German from Russian roots on both sides of his family and has spent his academic career exploring the issues surrounding the German population in the former USSR and the German Diaspora. Schmaltz has travelled widely for his research visiting the areas Germans lived in his research. He has also published widely on this topic and continues to write books and articles relevant to the field. He also is editor of the journals Civitas: Journal of Citizenship Studies, Heritage Review based in Bismarck, and the Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Dr. Schmaltz will deliver his talk titled, "A People on the Move" as the first in a series of talks focused on the American Dream in central North Dakota over the last 100 years.

The second and third talks will be held later in the year at the Rugby High School auditorium.

Dr. Stephanie Koontz will speak on about the history of marriage and wedding traditions with her fun lecture "Courting Trouble". The talk is in conjunction with an exhibit of wedding dresses from 1880-1930 from the Prairie Village Museum collection.

Dr. Tom Isern will speak about the current state of the farmer in North Dakota through a historical lens. The Dakota Farmer lecture will be in conjunction with the travelling exhibit from the National Endowment for the Humanities titled "American Farmer" which will be on display at the Prairie Village Museum during April and May of 2020.

All three lectures are free and open to the public and funded by Humanities ND.

Humanities North Dakota is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing lifelong learning opportunities to the citizens of North Dakota. Established in 1974 as a partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are not a state agency. For more information please see their website.

The Geographical Center Historical Society's mission is to document, preserve and interpret the history and ongoing story of North Central North Dakota for the people of the region and for visitors from around the world, through educational and entertaining programming and through displays of artifacts and historic buildings at Prairie Village Museum. More information about our programs and exhibits available on our website or check out our social media.

- Prairie Village Museum



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