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


The Max Kade Institute is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Collections to bring some of our monographs to as many readers as possible. Check out the following four titles:
"The German-American Press"
"The German Language in America"
"The Wisconsin Office of Emigration 1852-1855" and
"Pickled Herring and Pumpkin Pie: a nineteenth century cookbook for German immigrants to America"

The Max Kade Institute is delighted to introduce a new community project, a traveling exhibit called “Neighbors Past and Present: the Wisconsin German Experience.” On fourteen panels that draw largely on images and resources from our Library and Archives, the exhibit covers German migration and settlement in Wisconsin, questions of ethnicity and identity in newly forged communities, and the cohesiveness of these communities over the decades, especially in times of economic crisis or war.

The Max Kade Institute is delighted to co-host the 43rd Annual Symposiun of the Society for German-American Studies in Madison, April 11-13!

We look forward to..