BSA Bukovina Fest 2003


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

8:30 AM

  • Registration/Coffee
  • 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).

  1. Causes
  2. Process
  3. Camp Life
  4. Flight
  5. Postwar Assimilation
  6. 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