Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

WELCOME!

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

News

German Spoken in Wisconsin

UW-Madison graduate students in Germanic linguistics continue to interview and record German heritage speakers in Wisconsin.  These Wisconsinites speak the language of their ancestors at least one generation removed from immigration.  Check out the project's new Wisconsin German Facebook Page, find more information on a new Wisconsin German Wikipedia Page, and listen to recordings from the MKI sound archive (with translations) on the

WORKSHOP: "Deciphering Old German Script," Registration = CLOSED

Are you a genealogist researching your German-speaking ancestors? A historian trying to decipher old German handwritten documents? In this workshop, sponsered by the Friends of the Max Kade Institute, Mark Louden will introduce participants to the basics of reading German handwritten materials, with a special focus on those from the 19th century.   For more details and registration information click HERE.