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WLM | generations empire and their descendants,” describes AHSGR. Folklore and historical research are compiled for its members. Today, the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, where it moved in 1973, in an area of Lincoln known as the “South Bottoms.” The South and North Bottoms neighborhoods housed many German Russian families at the turn of the 20th century. The facility includes the Emma Schwabenland Haynes Library Archive and the Henry J. Amen Historical Village buildings, among other features. The Historical Village buildings include a number of structures that capture life in the time of 19th century German Russians – a blacksmith shop, a General Store, the All Faiths Chapel and a replica Summer Kitchen. In front of the headquarters stands a German from Russia Pioneer Family commemorative statue, depicting the typical German Russian immigrant family’s arrival in the US, Canada or South America. “Sculpted by internationally recognized artist Pete Felten of Hays, Kansas, it is a replica of an original statue in Victoria, Kansas,” AHSGR shares. Huldy Lena Troudt Stover 44 Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine | Spring 2015 AHSGR also maintains an impressive array of information and resources. A network of volunteers correlates the collection of historical, genealogical, pictorial attributes and more for designated villages. Members can connect with their village coordinator to learn more about their ancestry. A quarterly newsletter and journal are published, and AHSGR publishes books under its own copyright as well as maintaining an impressive collection of other materials in the library.