Check the MKI Events Page for exhibition dates in local communities.
To learn more about individual exhibit themes, click on the links for each of the 14 panels below!
The Max Kade Institute introduces a new traveling exhibit: “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. Our goal is to show the exhibit in as many places in Wisconsin as possible, – and in other states, too. In each exhibiting community, local collaborators will augment the exhibit with displays or programming of their own.
For a detailed schedule and more information, including additional programming, go to the MKI EVENTS page. If you would like to bring “Neighbors Past and Present” to your community, contact Antje Petty: email@example.com.
It has been a challenge to limit complex topics to only fourteen exhibit panels with about 400 words each. Some important issues, events, and people were mentioned only in passing, others had to be omitted entirely. In the coming months, we will use this website to supplement the panels with more information, context, and additional resources. This is an ongoing project. Please check back frequently.
Click on the links for each panel below to learn more!
1) A New Home
2) 100 Years of Immigration
4) Published in German
6) Amish and Mennonites
9) Music, Theater, and Visual Arts
10) Rural Life and Economy
11) Urban Life and Economy
12) Civic and Political Engagement
13) In Times of War
14) Local is Global
We are grateful to the Wisconsin Humanities Council for a Major Grant that has made this project possible.