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.

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

Welcome!

This year’s Friends of the Max Kade Institute Annual Meeting will take us to Milwaukee, where we will learn about the magnificent German art treasures that have been collected in the city for well over 150 years. We will begin with a private, guided tour of the German art collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), where, after major renovations, a thousand works of art have been added to the galleries. Our day will continue with the annual meeting and a dinner at the Envoy Restaurant in the historic Ambassador Inn Hotel, an Art Deco icon.

The Winter 2016-2917 issue of the Friends of the Max Kade Newsletter is here! Read about:

-- "A Trip to the Haslibacher Farm" in Switzerland's Emmental Valley
-- The Friends of the Max Kade Institute's upcoming Annual Meeting on May 7 in Milwaukee
-- "Handwritten Letters and Family Histories"
-- The upcoming MKI International Symposium "People of Faith, Voices of Tradition: Germanic Heritage Languages among Christians and Jews."
-- "Ersatz Kaffee Ads from the World War I Period"

"People of Faith, Voices of Tradition: German Heritage Languages Among Christians and Jews"

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join us for exciting lectures and evening programs

This symposium will bring together an international group of researchers  with Amish, Mennonite, Hutterite, and Haredi community members to explore sociolinguistic aspects of the social-spiritual identities of these faith groups.