Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Enjoy the latest issue of the MKI NEWSLETTER!

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)

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Friends of MKI OKTOBER FEST, October 13

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.

For more details, including registration information, go to

“Deciphering Old German Script” Workshop in Milwaukee, Saturday, September 30, 2017

Are you a historian trying to decipher old German handwritten documents? A genealogist researching your German-speaking ancestors?  In this workshop, Mark Louden will introduce you to the basics of reading German handwritten materials, with a special focus on those from the 19th century. Antje Petty will give suggestions on how to work with German-language genealogical records. The workshop combines presentations with practical exercises. You are welcome to bring your own documents to work on. Though a reading knowledge of German is helpful, it is not required.

Join the Friends for this fun workshop on September 30, 2017, in Milwaukee.  For more details, including registration information, click go to

MKI Spring 2017 Newsletter

Check out the latest Friends Newsletter! Become a member, if you have not received your issue in the mail.  You will find the following articles:
–Report on the MKI Symposium “People of Faith, Voices of Tradition”
–Friends Annual Meeting 2017: An Exploration of Milwaukee’s German Art
–Welcome to Three New Members on the Friends Board of Directors
–Mark Twain’s “Magnanimous-Incident” Hero and Berthold Brecht’s “The Good Person of Szechwan”

Explore German Art in Milwaukee with the Friends of the Max Kade Institute - Annual Meeting, May 7

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. We will conclude the evening with a lecture entitled “German Art, American City: The Fishman Collection in Milwaukee’s Museums” by Curtis L. Carter, Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at Marquette University.

2:00 – 3:00      Tour of German Art Collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N. Art Museum Drive)  Please arrive 15 minutes early, and use the museum group entrance!
3:00 – 4:00      Opportunity to explore the museum on your own; drive to Envoy Restaurant
4:00 – 5:00      Business Meeting at the Envoy Restaurant (Ambassador Hotel, 2308 W Wisconsin) 
5:00 – 5:30      Socializing
5:30 – 6:30      Dinner
6:30 – 7:30      Lecture: Curtis L. Carter, Marquette University

Tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum: $12 per person (includes museum admission for the day)
Three-Course Dinner: $35 per person

To register, fill out the attached form or register online at

Further information, including directions and parking info, can also be found online:

The Latest MKI Newsletter is Here!

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"

MKI Symposium, March 30 - April 1

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


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.

  • On Thursday evening, March 30, the symposium will open with a panel discussion of community members moderated by MKI Director Mark Louden, followed by a reception. (University Club)
  • Friday morning and afternoon and Saturday morning will feature 45-minute presentations by the invited speakers. (Pyle Center)
  • On Friday evening, we will have a reading of literary works in the four languages that evoke the themes of the symposium. English translations will be projected onto a screen for the benefit of the attendees. (Pyle Center)

For a detailed program, abstracts, cosponsors, and additional information click here.

The MKI Friends Fall 2016 Newsletter is here!

The new issue of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute NEWSLETTER has arrived! Read about…

* From ‘Evangelische Dreieinigkeitskirche’ to King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church – The History of a Milwaukee Place of Worship
* Calendar of Events
* Second Annual MKI Oktober Fest
* The Bennett Law, the ‘Germania,’ and the Körner Pamphlet
* Charlotte Bleistein: A Century of Activism in a Family of Activists

If you are not already a member, join the Friends of the Max Kade Institute and receive your Newsletter in the mail!

Mark Louden wins prestigious Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize

We are delighted to announce that MKI Director Mark Louden has been awarded this year’s prestigious Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for his work on German-American languages. The award comes with €10,000  and a one month research stay in Germany.  

The 2016 Grimm Sponsorship Award for Young Scholars was given to Tanja Škerlavaj, a German-language scholar at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

With its Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prizes, the DAAD singles out scholars and researchers from abroad who, in addition to their professional accomplishments, are particularly committed to fostering international collaboration in the fields of German Studies and German as a Foreign Language.

Congratulations, Mark and Tanja!

Click here for more information on the award and Mark's work. (in German)

A Celebration of New Books by UW-German Faculty

Join us for a celebration of new books by UW-German Department faculty members Mark L. Louden, Pamela M. Potter, Sonja Klocke, Hannah Vandegraft Eldrige, and B. Venkat Mani. Among the featured publications is  MKI Director Mark Louden's "Pennsylvania Dutch - The Story of an American Language."
Friday, October 7, 2016, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Steenbock’s on Orchard, Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery, UW– Madison


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