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!

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.. 

The latest Friends of Max Kade Institute Newsletter is here!
Personal German-American stories and documents are the focus of this issue. Read more about...
- "The Greatest Christmas Ever": A German-American Pastor's Service on December 25, 1918
- The Autobiography of Christian Pauli of Winterkraut
- The Otto Schroeder Recordings
- From Rural Germany to the 19th-century Midwest
- The Thiel Family Immigration Story.