German Russian women contributed greatly to work on the farm in North Dakota and still had time to be creative. To honor their contribution to the settling of North Dakota, the Tri-County Tourism Alliance is creating a traveling photographic display, with assistance from the ND State Historical Society, called “The Women Behind the Plow.”

Project Coordinator Sue Balcom is currently seeking old photos of women working on the farm, tending livestock, working in the kitchen, caring for children, etc. to compliment the 15 interviews creating the core of the display. Short stories, comments, quotes or old German Russian sayings to accompany the photos would be greatly appreciated. Photos should be from the tri-county area of Emmons County, Logan County and McIntosh County.

Photo courtesy of Ackerman Family.

Photo courtesy of Ackerman Family.

Original photos and stories may be mailed to Sue Balcom, 2145 34th Street, Mandan, ND 58554 or scanned and emailed to or If you need assistance with your HIGH RESOLUTION scans, please email questions or call Balcom at 701-527-5169. Originals will be carefully scanned and mailed back to you within 48 hours. Handwritten comments should be legible. Typewritten sheets and or emails are acceptable also. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1.

This project follows on the successful development of “Ewiger Saatz: Everlasting Yeast”, the food culture of the Germans from Russia in the tri-county area.


For more information on this project or to order Ewiger Saatz, contact Balcom at or, or call 701-527-5169. The photographic and story telling exhibit Women Behind the Plow will be unveiled at Wishek’s Sauerkraut Days in October of 2015.


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Working on books, working, gardening, baking, canning, knitting, crocheting, reading, walking, getting older, getting wiser, love my children, love love love my grandchildren.
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