Germans from Russia Memorial

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honoring the German-Russian immigrants

of Cheyenne County, Kansas

 with a bronze statue

The Black Sear German-Russian immigrants who came to Cheyenne County, Kansas settled primarily in the far northwest corner of the county that became known as the "Russian settlement." 

Unlike most other farmers new to the Great Plains, the German-Russian farmers were already experienced at prairie-style agriculture in Russia.  A significant contribution by the German-Russian immigrants was the persistence with which they developed their land, constructed and maintained sturdy buildings, and overcame harsh and unpredictable weather. 

THE PROJECT

 

The installation of a bronze statue of a German-Russian couple surveying the land and the sky as they settle on their new homestead in Northwest Kansas. (see samples below)

FUND-RAISING

The cost of the bronze sculpture will be $150,000.  The City Council of St. Francis, Kansas has already given approval to place the statue in a prominent place in Sawhill Park.

Donations will be be solicited primarily from individuals and families with German-Russian heritage.  Seed money of $40,000 has already been donated towards the project.

THE ARTIST

Katie Marin, an accomplished figural sculptor, is a native of St. Francis who received her BA in art at Benedictine College in 2012 and later studied in Florence, Italyat the Sacred Heart School. (www.katemarinart.com)

 they had talent for hard work, devotion to their religion, determination to not give up and a hunger for land

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To learn more, please email (insert the German-Russian Gmail address) or call:   insert names   

SKETCH OF PROPOSED STATUE

DONATE NOW

BE SURE YOUR ANCESTORS ARE INCLUDED 

IN THE MEMORIAL BY DONATING

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The artist's statement

Photos of German-Russian Families