September 8, 2010
Chris Garcia, left, and his son T.J. examine advertisements that railroad companies used to entice Russian-German farmers to purchase land in Kansas. Chris and Janice Garcia sponsored this month’s exhibit at the Basehor Historical Museum about the Russian-German immigrants’ experience.
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They’d moved eastward from Germany into Russia in pursuit of freedom, but that freedom was evaporating. They needed someplace new, and for thousands, that place was halfway across the world in Kansas.