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SD Germans from Russia Cultural Center

Preserving History & Heritage

Our mission is to preserve the history and heritage of South Dakota Germans from Russia. Located at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, we host collections of documents, relics and recorded oral history interviews. We also feature temporary exhibits highlighting the lifestyle, religion and education of German-Russian culture.

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Take in more than 2,000 square feet of exhibit and research space devoted to Germans from Russia. Opened in the spring of 2018, we regularly update our exhibits and add to our collections.

8:00am - 5:00pm View our scheduled closings

Beulah Williams Library
Northern State University Campus
1200 S. Jay St., Aberdeen, SD 57401

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From The Archives

Featured Collections

Our collection began in 2007 and now consists of more than 500 volumes on Germans from Russia, which include stories, geneologies, photos and artifacts documenting the German from Russian impact on the history of the great plains of South Dakota.


Anne Roesch Larson Collection

This collection was donated by the Roesch family, whose ancestors came to the United States from Russia in 1898 and settled near Roscoe, S.D. The collection includes many letters from family back in Russia, as well as German books, photographs...

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Prairies Magazine Archive

Prairies Magazine was a periodical published in Ashley, ND by The Ashley Tribune which focused on life in German-Russian communities throughout North and South Dakota. It has been digitized as a collaborative project between NSU and the Germans from Russia...

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Help Preserve Your Family’s History

We are currently conducting oral history interviews to collect stories, songs and any other aspect of German from Russia culture. If you have history to share from personal experience or from family members, please call us at 605-626-7770.