Friends of MKI Annual Meeting
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 five 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, over time, adding other enterprises, including a ginseng farm. We will take a walking tour of the grounds and some of the original buildings and learn what brought fashion buyers from Manhattan’s 5th Avenue to this remote corner of Wisconsin. Our hosts will be the Fromm Brothers Historical Preservation Society and the Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin. The day will conclude with a dinner at the Town of Berlin Center (catered by 2510 Restaurant of Wausau) and a lecture by William Thiel (Eau Claire) on “Why They Left: Transitions from Rural Germany to the Midwest in the 19th Century.”
For a detailed program, registration information, and directions go to https://mkifriends.org/annual-meetings/
Also see attached flyer, directions, and registration form.