Heather Viets received her BA in History and Art History from the University of Oregon. She completed her MA in History at Portland State University, where she held the John and LaRee Caughey Editorial Fellowship as the Book Review Coordinator for the Pacific Historical Review.
Volga Germans in Oregon
The first group of Volga Germans arrived in Oregon in 1881, encouraged by the economic opportunies offered by Henry Villard's transportation and resources company, the Oregon Improvement Co. About twenty-four households from Kansas traveled on the Union Pacific to San Francisco, where they boarded a Portland-bound steamer. Some …