Our Lord's Lutheran Church
2900 W. Hefner Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Dr. John R. te Velde of Oklahoma State University’s Department of Languages and Literatures was the recipient of an Oklahoma Humanities grant to support his research on heritage Germans in Oklahoma who still today maintain aspects of German culture. The central thesis of Dr. te Velde’s research is that settlers of Oklahoma whose common bond was German culture brought with them a unique resilience that enabled them to preserve important aspects of their culture and to pass along their cultural heritage to future generations. Their strengths enabled them to make notable contributions, despite making up just over 3% of the population in the early settlement years.
Dr. te Velde's presentation on his research is free and open to the public and is presented by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.
German language school at Geary Mennonite Church, 1913