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


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.


In this issue read about:
-- "The Germans from Russia Settlement Locations Project"
-- MKI Upcoming Events
-- "Where in Europe Is My Ancestor's Hometown? Finding Aids for Genealogists"
-- "Two Total Solar Eclipses"
-- "Mapping the Germans" (book review)

Join us for a fun evening with great food, beer, and entertainment!  Once again, Bull Falls Brewery (Wausau),  Clasen’s European Bakery (Middleton), the Freiburg Gastropub (Madison), and the University Club Restaurant sponsor our Fest by providing their delicious beer and food. Enjoy accordion music with Bill Niederberger, German songs with members of the Madison Maennerchor, a lecture on “Humor in the Stacks: Curiosities from the MKI Archives,” and a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit the Max Kade Institute.