MKI News and Upcoming Events

Fundraising Challenge:
Matching Will Double Your Donated Dollars!

Now, in addition to the NEH match, a generous Friend of the Institute offers a challenge to

match every dollar donated before July 31, 2015, with another dollar [up to $10,000]

Your donations support the establishment of an endowment for the Max Kade Institute Librarian position.
Every gift, of any amount, counts!  $25 becomes $50, $1,000 becomes $2,000!
All gifts are tax-deductible!

Help us to meet this challenge, so that we may continue to preserve and tell the stories of
German-speaking immigrants to America!  Take the summer challenge! 

Gifts can be made by check, made out to the UW Foundation, with Max Kade Institute Librarian Support Fund in the memo line, and mailed to:
Max Kade Institute, 432 East Campus Mall, Madison, WI 53706-1407
or
online through the UW Foundation—this link takes you to a form designated to the MKI Librarian Support Fund.

 

Make the Max Kade Institute Library a Part of Your Family's History

Are you interested in German-American publications from a specific state?  Do you feel a personal connection to a special collection in our Library? Would you like to honor a family member or immigrant ancestor and his or her contributions to the American experience? At the Max Kade Institute, we would like to recognize your contribution to our Library Campaign with the following naming opportunities.

  • Adopt a book: choose your favorite publication in the MKI collection and have a nameplate added to the book ($200–$500)
  • Adopt a state in the Published in America (PIA) Collection: the MKI’s PIA collection is organized by state. Put your name on the shelf of your favorite state: ($500-$5,000)
  • Sponsor a Collection, such as the North American Dialect Collection, Carl Schurz Collection, or Family History Collection ($5,000 - $10,000)
  • Name a room ($10,000 - $20,000) 

Additional naming opportunities exist. Please inquire!

Our move to the University Club almost one year ago has brought all the benefits we anticipated. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all our Friends for their tireless work and crucial financial support — It is humbling to know that so many people appreciate what we are doing, use our resources, and in many cases see their own family’s history reflected in the Institute’s research.

We are close, but we are not quite finished — Our Library Project Campaign and our fundraising efforts need to continue. 

Please help us raise the remaining matching funds for our National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, which will go to an endowment to fund the Librarian/Archivist position. 

Help us reach this year’s goal of $50,000 by July 31, 2015

Your support in securing our future is both crucial and deeply appreciated!

Cora Lee Kluge: clnollen@wisc.edu
Mark Louden: mllouden@wisc.edu
Antje Petty: apetty@wisc.edu

Or call the Institute at (608) 262-7546

 

GERMAN IMMIGRANT ORAL HISTORY PROJECT


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: apetty@wisc.edu or 608-262-7546
Max Kade Institute, 901 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI, 53705

 

New Publication!
Wisconsin Talk
Linguistic Diversity in the Badger State

Click here for more information
 

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
or
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!

Click HERE for additional information on the Library Project

 

Language Matters for Wisconsin
A Community-Based Initiative
addressing local and regional language-related
issues and concerns.

Click here for more information
 

The MKI Library is searchable on-line at:
http://csumc.wisc.edu/mki/mkisources/search.html

 

New Library Acquisitions

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MKI Publications

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