Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison


For more than three centuries immigrants from German-speaking lands have come to America, settled in rural and urban communities, and established German-language churches, schools, and businesses. They introduced social customs, traditions, and organizations that have shaped and been shaped by the American way of life.  

Join us in examining America’s diverse heritage through the lens of immigration.

  • Sample of old German handwriting
  • Biere at UW-Madison Rathskeller


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