Part of the Community: East Frisian Oral History Excerpts

Over a hundred years ago, German immigrants from Ostfriesland (East Frisia) settled in the northeastern Champaign County, Illinois. They built their lives on the pillars of faith, family and farming. Remnants of their East Frisian identity still exist today.

In 1995, the Museum of of the Grand Prairie began preserving the East Frisian legacy through the collection of oral histories. Shared here are excerpts from a few of those interviews.


Supported in part by an award from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives and Records Administration.