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Martha McClelland , President
Bukovina Society Headquarters & Museum, Ellis KS 67637

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Bukovina Society of the Americas
Ellis and Hays, Kansas
September 19 - 22, 2003


Thursday, September 18 Tours of churches and historical sites in Ellis County    

1:30 PM

6:30 PM

  • Departure from Vagabond Best Western Motel, Hays        
  • Early Bird Social cash bar – buffet at Vagabond Restaurant, Hays
Friday, September 19 Bukovina Society Headquarters, Ellis                    Mapquest link     Yahoo maps

8:30 AM

9:30 AM


10:30 AM

11:20 AM

1:00 PM

  • Registration/Coffee   (Registration form)

  • New exhibits, museum and computer room open under direction of Werner Zoglauer

  • Welcome – Oren Windholz (Hays, KS)

  • 200 years Fürstenthal – Rebecca Hageman (Wichita, KS)

  • Break

  • Schwarzthal history, tour and research – Doug Reckmann (Portland, OR)
  • Group lunch - general meeting of members and interested Bukovinians 
  • Umsiedlung, Flucht und Vertreibung: World War II Population transfer of the Bukovina-Germans by Michael Augustin (Leonberg, Germany), Dr. Sophie A. Welisch (Congers, NY), and Werner Zoglauer (Naperville, IL).

  1. Causes

  2. Process

  3. Camp Life

  1. Flight

  2. Postwar Assimilation

  3. Panel discussion; question-and-answer period

  Knights of Columbus Hall, Ellis
6:30 PM

7:30 PM

8:00 PM

  • Social and light buffet 
  • Halt the Hun:  Anti-German Hysteria During World War I – Dr. William D. Keel (Lawrence, KS)
  • Mixer  – Joe Erbert (Ellis, KS) and friends
Saturday, September 20 Ellis County Fair Grounds, Hays  -  Free Admission.        Mapquest link
Note:  a program brochure of all events and times will be given on entry to the Fair Grounds for the many cultural events and presentations. 
10:00 AM

11:00 AM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

11:00 PM

  • Opening Ceremonies of Midwest Deutsche Oktoberfest

  • Schnitzelbank  – Dr. William D. Keel
  • Continuous Polka Music, German food booths, genealogy/book room and craft booths.

  • Apple Strudel demonstration – Irene Zerfas, Hays, KS and friends

  • Wheat threshing demonstration with antique equipment

  • Fashion show featuring the attire of early day Bukovinian and other German pioneers.
  • Closing

Sunday, September 21 Ellis County Fair Grounds
10:00 AM

11:00 AM

1:00 - 3:00 PM

6:00 PM

  • Polka Mass
  • Continuation of booths and Oktoberfest activities, concluding with a polka jam session featuring all the bands of the fest and area musicians.
  • Cultural presentations, lectures and traditions of the Area Germans.
  • Closing
Bukovina Society member Steve Augustine and dance partner at the 2002 Midwest Oktoberfest

Large indoor facilities, ample parking, and spacious fair grounds between Ellis and Hays provided a congenial atmosphere. So mark your calendars for September 19-22, 2003!

Registration form

Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau


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