Germans in Oshkosh – Winnebago County

By the late 1880s, over 20% of the population of Winnebago County was German-born. German-speaking immigrants had come here in three waves: from the rural Prussian province of Pomerania in the early 1850s, from villages along the border between Bavaria and Bohemia a few years later, and from German settlements along Russia’s Volga River around 1900. They forged tight-knit communities where they continued to speak their regional dialects, built churches of different denominations, printed German-language newspapers, and kept their traditions alive in clubs and other organizations.

Click on the links below and learn more about the German-American experience in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Resources have been provided by Alan Lareau, Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, and the Oshkosh Public Library.


German Immigrants in Oshkosh

German-Language Newspapers in Oshkosh

German Traditions in Oshkosh

Notable Germans in Oshkosh