BSA Bukovina Fest 1996


Bukovina Society of the Americas
Ellis and Hays, Kansas
July 18 – 21, 1996

Here is the tentative schedule for the 1996 convention of the Bukovina Society of the Americas. The program and speakers list is subject to change. Updated April 14, 1996.

Thursday, July 18 – Hays VFW Hall
6:30 p.m.

  • Early bird social with society guests (soup and salad bar and menu service)

Friday, July 19 – Ellis society headquarters
8:30 a.m.

  • Registration and coffee
  • Computer/Genealogy room opening – Werner Zoglauer, Chair

9:30 a.m., Video of tour to Bukovina – Gurahumora, Bori areas by Larry Jensen
10:30 a.m., Video continued – Illischestie, Painted monasteries, Hungary
11:30a.m., Lunch on your own
1:00 p.m.

  • Protestant Chain Migrations from Bukovina to Ellis – Irmgard Hein Ellingson
  • Bukovina colonies in Brazil – Dr. Ayrton Gonçalves Celestino
  • East European Settlements – Dr. Ed Brandt

3:30 p.m., Panel discussion and questions from audience

(dinner on your own or available at VFW)

Hays VFW Hall
6:30 p.m.

  • Opening ceremonies
  • Bukovina Today – Dr. Ortfried Kotzian
  • Musical performance – Dr. & Mrs. Kotzian

7:30 p.m., German Mixer – music by Honas brothers and Bukovina German musicians

Saturday, July 20 – Ellis society headquarters
8:30 a.m.

  • Registration and coffee
  • Annual business meeting of the Bukovina Society

9:00 a.m., The Böhmisch in America – Ken Meter
10:00 a.m., The Bukowina-Institut in Augsburg – Dr. Ortfried Kotzian
11:00 a.m., Panel of speakers for audience questions
noon, Bukovina sausage with Mamaliga and Mamalai
1:30 p.m.

  • Program by Dr. Sophie Welisch, Maria Becker, and Larry Jensen
  • So you want to travel to Bukovina! (how to plan and what to expect)
  • Bukovina then (pre-1940’s) and now
  • Personal reflections of the 1940 population transfer out of Bukovina
  • Genealogy project on Bori, Gurahumora, Pojana Mikuli and Fürstenthal

afternoon, Family reunions

Hays VFW Hall
6:00 p.m., Social Hour
7:30 p.m.

  • Banquet
  • Welcome remarks
  • Bukovina Dancers directed by Paul and Mary Agnes Lang-Wagner
  • Dance – Music by Country Dutchmen

Sunday, July 21 – Ellis society chapel
9:00 a.m., Ecumenical Service
9:30 a.m., Coffee and adjournment