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This black and white photograph shows a Volga German family from Ellis, Kansas. Like many Volga Germans the family was likely lured to Kansas by advertising campaigns that promoted the sale of productive farmland and exemption from military service on religious grounds. These incentives encouraged many Volga Germans to migrate to Ellis, Rush, and Russell counties in Kansas to buy the lands owned by the railroad companies. In those close knit and sometimes isolated communities, German customs and strong religious beliefs were maintained for several decades.
Date: Between 1890s and 1920s
Use this picture to depict a typical Volga German family who settled in Kansas.
Item Number: 215002
Call Number: FK2.E3.2 E.VG *16
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 215002
Collections - Photograph
Curriculum - 3rd Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Significant events (Benchmark 3) - Community culture (Indicator 3)
Date - 1890s
Date - 1900s
Date - 1910s
Date - 1920s
Home and Family - Children
Home and Family - Families
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
People - European Americans - Germans - Volga-Germans
Places - Counties - Ellis
Places - Counties - Rush
Places - Counties - Russell
Type of Material - Photographs