Dutch hop is a special type of polka particular to the Volga Deutsch (Germans) who emigrated from farmland in Russia to the Great Plains of the United States beginning in the latter part of the 18th century. They settled mainly in Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming, where many resumed their lives as farmers and became especially involved in the production of sugar beets.

The Dutch Hop Collection primarily consists of documents dated 2003 to 2015 and include a few copies of The Dutch Hop Heritage News, articles and other writings on Dutch Hop, and a flyer and sign. For more information of the Archives and Special Collections manuscript collection, please see the finding aid.

The Dutch Hop Polka Documentary Project began in 2006 as a joint effort by three folklorists: Anne Hatch (Wyoming Arts Council), Gwen Meister (Nebraska Folklife Network), and Georgia Wier (initially working with the Colorado Council on the Arts and City of Greeley Museums and later independent). They knew that the adjoining areas of their three states shared Dutch hop as a cultural gem, and they wanted to preserve as much as possible a written and visual record of the tradition. They began by attending the regularly scheduled dances, always taking photos and meeting musicians and dancers. They then conducted oral history audio interviews with the Dutch hop musicians and dancers.

This digital collection has 65 items including videos, photographs of various interviewees, and a synopsis of the project. Items are dated from 1900 to 1982, with the bulk from the 1970s. For more materials related to Germans from Russia in Colorado, please see the Sidney Heitman Germans from Russia in Colorado Study Project Collection.

Recent Submissions

  • Dutch Hop Polka Documentation Project : synopsis of project 

    Contributor:Hatch, Anne; Wier, Georgia
    Date:2018
    A "history" of the collection to be added to the CSU Digital Repository.
  • Sample reel for Dutch Hop Document Project 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date Recorded:2014-06-05
    This sampler is from the Dutch Hop Documentary Project shot in Torrington, WY and Northern Colorado. It features Dutch Hop music by John Fritlzer and his Polka Band and the Polka Nuts. Interviews with community members and ...
  • Origins of the Germans from Russia and the story of the Deines dulcimer 

    Contributor:Batt, TerryWier, Georgia;
    Date Recorded:2014-08-22
    Video recording. Terry Batt gives a synopsis of how Germans came to live and prosper in the Volga River valley in Russia in the 1700s at the invitation of Catherine the Great, how and why they began immigrating to the ...
  • Randy Eckhart and the Dutch-Hop Music Makers perform “Party time” 

    Contributor:Eckhart, Randy; Beitz, David W.; Deines, Steve, Jr.; Jackson, BillWier, Georgia;
    Date Recorded:2014-08-24
    Video recording. The four-piece Dutch Hop Music Makers band, led by Randy Eckhart, play the "Party Time Polka." David W. Beitz plays the hammer dulcimer; Steve Deines, Jr., the keyboard; and Bill Jackson, the trombone. ...
  • True love triumphs : trust your elders 

    Contributor:Kloberdanz, Rosalinda; Kloberdanz, Timothy; Appelhans, MariaWier, Georgia;
    Date Recorded:2013-07-15
    Video recording. Rosalinda ("Rosie") Kloberdance and Dr. Timothy ("Tim") Kloberdanz are known for their expertise in German Russian culture. Together, they authored Thunder on the Steppe: Volga German Folklife in a Changing ...
  • Father to son : the music goes on 

    Contributor:Appelhans, Wayne; Appelhans, NathanHatch, Anne; Wier, Georgia;
    Date Recorded:2013-07-13
    Video recording. Father (Wayne Appelhans) and son (Nathan Appelhans) talk and play together in the basement of their home. Nathan (18 years old at the time of this filming) tells about joining his father in playing with ...
  • Al Dechant : interview and singing 

    Contributor:Denchant, Al; Goldenstein, Kurt; Dechant, AlGoldenstein, Kurt;
    Date Recorded:1999-07-27
    During this 40-minute session, Kurt Goldenstein sits with Al in his living room in Denver and records Al singing several songs - mainly in German. At this point Al has stopped playing with John Fritzler's band, but he ...
  • Bill and Shirley Goldenstein wedding film : including Hochzeit (wedding dance) 

    Contributor:Golenstein, Kurt
    Date Recorded:1954-05-15
    Silent film (color) from wedding of Bill Goldenstein and Shirley (Krieg) Goldenstein, May 15, 1954. Scenes included: Begins with procession of members of wedding party through central aisle of a church sanctuary, bordered ...
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Wier, Georgia
    Date:2015-03-23
    Lori Kruckenberg in front of her soup bowl at the table.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Wier, Georgia
    Date:2015-03-23
    Row of filled individual soup bowls on counter.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Wier, Georgia
    Date:2015-03-23
    Row of soup bowls on counter with Kurt serving from stove behind.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Wier, Georgia
    Date:2015-03-23
    Kurt serving soup from his pot into individual bowl.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Bingham, Pati
    Date:2015-03-23
    Stove on Kurt's patio.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Wier, Georgia
    Date:2015-03-23
    Kurt's soup with cheese buttons on stove.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Bingham, Pati
    Date:2015-03-23
    Place setting with Kurt's cheese buttons in soup.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Wier, Georgia
    Date:2015-03-23
    Kurt's soup with cheese buttons on stove.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Bingham, Pati
    Date:2015-03-23
    John Bishop setting up his camera before interview.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Bingham, Pati
    Date:2015-03-23
    Another view of Georgia taking photo of Kurt dishing up soup.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Bingham, Pati
    Date:2015-03-23
    Georgia Wier taking photo of Kurt Goldenstein as he dishes up soup.
  • Interview with Kurt Goldenstein 

    Contributor:Bingham, Pati
    Date:2015-03-23
    Cookbook open to recipe Kurt used for Cheese Buttons (also called Cheese Knöpfla).

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