20 May 2017

On This Day: 20 May 1767

On this day, 20 May 1767, the Volga Mother colony of Kautz was founded and named for its first mayor, George Jacob Kautz.  The colony received it's official Russian name of Vershinka on 26 February 1768, 

Today, the village no longer exists.

For more information about Kautz, visit the following sites: 
Center for Volga German Studies - Kautz
Volga German Institute - Kautz
Find A Grave - Kautz (Werschinka) (very nice job on recording this cemetery!)

Kautz. This village no longer exists.

2017 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Mother colonies along the Volga River. There are many events throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary, and the Germans from 
Russia Settlement Locations project joins in the celebration of this rich Volga German heritage.  

The German immigrants that came to the Volga region were among first colonists to take up Catherine the Great on her manifesto. They came from Hesse, the Rhineland, the Palatinate and Württemberg.  They are also among the most well researched and documented groups of German colonists in Russia. Thus far, the Volga Mother colonies settled between 1764 and 1767 are the only colonies that have precise dates they were settled.  

For more historical and current events related to Germans from Russia, see our calendar page or link to our public Google calendar.

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