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.

  • Mark Louden receives 2016 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize
  • Sample of old German handwriting
  • Biere at UW-Madison Rathskeller


Join us, Friday, September 14, Memorial Library, Room 126! One of the most fascinating phenomena in the animal kingdom is the migration of salmon. This photo presentation by Arthur Frederick Hasler tells the story of his father Arthur Davis Hasler (1908-2001), a former UW-Madison Limnology Professor, who discovered how salom accomplish their migration feat.  A descendanat of Swiss-German and German immigrants, Arthur D. Hasler grew up in Utah. He spent formative years in Germany as a young LDS missionary, as a major in the U.S. Army after World War II, and later as a research scientist, - a lifetime filled with experiences that informed his groundbreaking limnology research.

Just in time for spring, here comes the MKI Newsletter Winter 2017-2018 issue. Read about "German Immigrants, Silver Fox, and Ginseng: The Colorful History of Hamburg and Berlin, Wisconsin" (this is were the Friends of MKI annual meeting will be held on May 5!); "Restoring The Speaker’s House, Home of the first Speaker of the U.S.House of Representatives, Frederick Muhlenberg; "A Thank You to all Donors of the MKI Library Project Campaign; Book review: "A Crowded Hour: Milwaukee During the Great War, 1917-1918"

This year the Friends of the Max Kade Institute will step back to the early days of the twentieth century by visiting the historic Fromm Brothers Fur and Ginseng Farm in the Town of Hamburg, Marathon County. We will learn how four brothers, whose family immigrated to Wisconsin from Germany in the 1800s, built a multi-million dollar business empire by raising silver fox for the fashion industry and ginseng for the Asian market.