Max Kade Institute

for German-American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

WORKSHOP: "Deciphering Old German Script," Registration = CLOSED

Are you a genealogist researching your German-speaking ancestors? A historian trying to decipher old German handwritten documents? In this workshop, sponsered by the Friends of the Max Kade Institute, Mark Louden will introduce participants to the basics of reading German handwritten materials, with a special focus on those from the 19th century.   For more details and registration information click HERE.

Friends of MKI Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 7, in Racine

Join the Friends of the Max Kade Institute on Saturday, May 7, for an exciting day tracing the steps of one of South-East Wisconsin’s most illustrious German-speaking immigrants: Ernst Klinkert. We will take a guided tour of the “Klinkert Roadhouse,” one of Klinkert’s impressive German-style tavern buildings, and the “Klinkert Barn,” a magnificent Kentucky blue-grass-style stable for his prized race horses.  Afterwards, we will hold our annual meeting and dinner at the Reefpoint Brew House, followed by a presentation by Art & Architectural Historian Pippin Michelli on “Ernst Klinkert and His World: A German Immigrant Builder and Brewer in Racine, Wisconsin.

Pre-registration required! 
Click HERE for details, directions, and registration information.

MKI Friends NEWSLETTER: the new issue is here!

Join the Friends and receive this exciting new issue of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute Newsletter in the mail! Read about:
-- Mark Louden's new book Pennsylvania Dutch - The Story of an American Language
-- Student Yearbooks from Milwaukee's National German Teachers' Seminary
-- The History of the Madison Männerchor.
-- Book Review: Constructing a German Diaspora
-- Friends of MKI's Annual Meeting, May 7, 2016
-- the Deutscher Männerverein of Racine, Wisconsin

NEW: Virtual Exhibit - "In Their Own Words: German Americans in the World War I Era"

Eight interpretative posters that accompany an MKI exhibit of German-language documents published in the United States during the World War I Era are now ONLINE!
Drawn from the resources of the Max Kade Institute Library & Archives, the exhibit offers a glimpse into German-Americans' view of the world, as well as their position in American society. It was created in conjunction with the international conference "Outside the Kaisserreich: The German Diaspora in the World War I Era," held at the Max Kade Institute in October 2015. The entire exhibit can still be viewed at the Max Kade Institute.

See the online exhibit here!

Available Now: "Pennsylvania Dutch. The Story of an American Language" by Mark Louden

Hot off the press!  Check out this exciting new publication by MKI Co-Director Mark Louden!

Download a flyer and order form here!

While most world languages spoken by minority populations are in serious danger of becoming
extinct, Pennsylvania Dutch is thriving. In fact, the number of Pennsylvania Dutch speakers is
growing exponentially, although it is spoken by less than one-tenth of one percent of the United
States population and has remained for the most part an oral vernacular without official
recognition or support. A true sociolinguistic wonder, Pennsylvania Dutch has been spoken
continuously since the late eighteenth century, even though it has never been “refreshed” by later
waves of immigration from abroad.
In this probing study, Mark L. Louden, himself a fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch, provides
readers with a close look at the place of the language in the life and culture of two major
subgroups of speakers: the “Fancy Dutch,” whose ancestors were affiliated mainly with Lutheran
and German Reformed churches, and conservative Anabaptist sectarians known as the “Plain
people”—the Old Order Amish and Mennonites.
Drawing on scholarly literature, three decades of fieldwork, and ample historical
documents—most of which have never before been made accessible to English-speaking
readers—this is the first book to offer a comprehensive look at this unlikely linguistic success
story.

The MKI Fall 2015 Newsletter is here!

The latest issue of  the Max Kade Institute NEWSLETTER has been mailed to all members of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute! Read about..
-- The German Diaspora in the World War I Era - a report on MKI's October conference
-- Harvey Miller's Pennsylvania Dutch poems written during WWI
-- Book review: "The Temptation of Despair"
-- Book review:"Folksongs of Another America"
-- How German Americans Shaped America's Beer Culture

Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge!

"Quench your Thirst for Knowledge" with German-Style beer, food, and music.

Join the FRIENDS of the Max Kade Institute for an entertaining evening to benefit the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies!

Friday, November 13, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The University Club
803 State Street, Madison, 53703

Craft beer from Bull Falls Brewery in Wausau, Wisconsin, German-style buffet featuring delicacies from Clasen’s European Bakery in Middleton, Swiss Colony in Monroe, and the University Club Restaurant. Polka Music with Rick March, and fun silent auction baskets.

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