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The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center invites you to attend the January Brown Bag Lecture at noon on Wednesday, January 13 in the Village Church. Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz will be discussing the history of Germans from Russia, one of the largest people groups to settle the Cherokee Strip.

Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz is a professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, where he teaches Modern European and World History. Both sides of his family claim some Black Sea German ancestry, and their odyssey across half the globe influenced him to pursue the history profession. He earned a B.A. (1994) in History and German Language with honors at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Following his M.A. (1996) in History at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, he completed a Ph.D. (2002) in History at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He specializes in Modern Germany and Modern Russia with an emphasis on ethnic and nationality studies, particularly German minorities in Russia and the former USSR.

Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, and member of the Board of Academic Advisors at the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

The Brown Bag Lectures are held the second Wednesday of each month and are free to the public.
The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. – Sat. and is located at 507 S. 4th Street in Enid, Oklahoma. For more information on CSRHC programs, please contact the Heritage Center at 580-237-1907 or www.csrhc.org

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