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 Departure from Vagabond Best Western Motel, Hays
6:30 PM Early Bird Social cash bar – buffet at Vagabond Restaurant, Hays
Friday, September 19 Bukovina Society Headquarters, Ellis
- New exhibits, museum and computer room open under direction of Werner Zoglauer
9:30 AM – Welcome – Oren Windholz (Hays, KS)
10:30 AM – 200 years Fürstenthal – Rebecca Hageman (Wichita, KS)
11:20 AM – Schwarzthal history, tour and research – Doug Reckmann (Portland, OR)
Group lunch – general meeting of members and interested Bukovinians
1:00 PM – 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).
- Camp Life
- Postwar Assimilation
- Panel discussion; question-and-answer period
Knights of Columbus Hall, Ellis
6:30 PM Social and light buffet
7:30 PM Halt the Hun: Anti-German Hysteria During World War I – Dr. William D. Keel (Lawrence, KS)
8:00 PM Mixer – Joe Erbert (Ellis, KS) and friends
Saturday, September 20 Ellis County Fair Grounds, Hays – Free Admission.
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 Opening Ceremonies of Midwest Deutsche Oktoberfest
- Schnitzelbank – Dr. William D. Keel
11:00 AM – Continuous Polka Music, German food booths, genealogy/book room and craft booths.
1:00 PM – Apple Strudel demonstration – Irene Zerfas, Hays, KS and friends
2:00 PM – Wheat threshing demonstration with antique equipment
3:00 PM – Fashion show featuring the attire of early day Bukovinian and other German pioneers.
11:00 PM – Closing
Sunday, September 21 Ellis County Fair Grounds
10:00 AM – Polka Mass
11:00 AM – Continuation of booths and Oktoberfest activities, concluding with a polka jam session featuring all the bands of the fest and area musicians.
1:00 – 3:00 PM – Cultural presentations, lectures and traditions of the Area Germans.
6:00 PM Closing