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2014 Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Janesville, Wisconsin

We invite you to the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute in Janesville, Wisconsin, a city at the crossroads of American history.

Our day will begin with a tour of the Lincoln-Tallman House, a mansion constructed between 1855 and 1857. Until 1915, the house was occupied by the William Morrison Tallman family. In October of 1859, Abraham Lincoln stayed here after giving a series of speeches in Beloit and Janesville. Please note two different tour-time options!

The annual meeting and dinner will be held at the historic Armory, built in 1930 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Your dinner includes a choice between three German-style entrees.
We will conclude with a presentation on “Living in an Anglo Community: German Americans in Janesville, Wisconsin” by Cora Lee Kluge, Professor of German at UW–Madison and MKI Co-Director.

A. Tour of Lincoln-Tallman House (426 N. Jackson St., Janesville)
12:00 – 1:15pm OR 2:00 – 3:15pm: Please choose a tour time!
B. 4:00 – 5:00 Annual Meeting
5:00 – 5:30 Social time, (Board meeting – election of officers)
C. 5:30 – 6:30 Dinner at the Armory (10 S High St., Janesville)
D. 6:30 – 7:30 Lecture: “Living in an Anglo Community: German Americans in Janesville”

Please fill out a registration form and mail it with payment by April 25!

Bring a friend — Make a Friend!
Dinner purchase includes 2014 Friends of MKI membership for new Friends.

We encourage you to visit other unique sites during your stay in Janesville:
MILTON HOUSE MUSEUM, 18 S. Janesville St. in Milton, a documented Station on the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin, and a National Historic Landmark,
ROTARY BOTANICAL GARDENS, 1455 Palmer Drive in Janesville,

If you have questions, please call MKI at 608-262-7546 or e-mail Antje Petty at

We look forward to seeing you on May 10!



In the twentieth century, over two million German-speaking immigrants came to America. Nearly 600,000 arrived in the 1950s alone, making up 23% of all immigrants in that decade. For the most part, the stories of these immigrants have not been documented, and very little research has been done on their experiences and their impact on American society.

Using the knowledge and resources of the University, the Max Kade Institute is reaching out to citizens across Wisconsin, the Midwest, and beyond, seeking to create a collection of nearly forgotten immigrant stories. We will preserve them in the Institute’s archives, make them available to scholars and for educational purposes, and allow them to be added to narratives of American and global history.

We are interviewing and recording first-generation immigrants from German-speaking regions in Europe who now live in the United States. We include individuals who speak German or lived in a German-speaking community in Europe, people who migrated directly to the United States or via another country, and individuals who came as adults or as children.

There are as many different experiences as there are people. The German Immigrant Oral History Project is a growing repository of personal accounts of emigration and new settlement, journeys near and far, triumphs and losses, assimilation and acculturation, and traditions and customs kept in a new world.

If you are a first-generation German immigrant and would like to contribute your story to this project,
please contact the Max Kade Institute.
For further information contact Antje Petty: or 608-262-7546
Max Kade Institute, 901 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI, 53705


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The MKI Library Project: A Capital Campaign

MKI's move to the University Club on the UW Library Mall
provides us with a unique opportunity to raise funds to:

1. Create a state-of-the-art library and archival facilities
(with environmental controls to protect irreplaceable or valuable materials);
2. Enable new acquisitions to be made that will augment our holdings
and fill some of the critical gaps in the collections; and
3.  Support a paid, regular library staff position.

Gifts can be made by check, made out to UW Foundation, with MKI Library Project in the memo line and mailed to Max Kade Institute, 901 University Bay Dr., Madison, WI 53705
online through the UW Foundation
(this form already designates the MKI Library Project in the special instructions box).

Thank you for your support in preserving our past and building our future!

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