37th Sängerfest 2003: Souvenir Book. [Monroe, WI]: North American Swiss Singing Alliance, 2003. 74 pp., ill.
Includes a schedule of events, profiles of participating choirs, and articles on the North American Swiss Singing Alliance, the Chalet of the Golden Fleece Museum (New Glarus, WI), the Swiss Historical Village (New Glarus, WI), Swiss Center of North America (New Glarus, WI), the New Glarus Home, and Green County, Wisconsin.
Donated by Deborah Krauss Smith.
[Grether, Georg, and D. W. Vriessen]. Geschichte der Deutschen Synode des Nordwestens der Reformierten Kirche in den Vereinigten Staaten in ihren Grundzügen als Gedenkschrift zu ihrem fünfzigjährigen Jubiläum. 1867 bis 1917. Cleveland, Ohio: Central Publishing House, 1917. x, 155 pp., ill.
Includes early history, important developments, “Die Mission unter den Winnebago Indianern in Wisconsin,” and illustrations of churches and pastors.
Donated by Alison Rautmann in memory of her parents, Arthur and Emily Rautman.
Kirchen-Gesangbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden ungeänderter Augsburgischer Confession, darin des sel[igen]. Dr. Martin Luthers und anderer geistreichen Lehrer gebräuchlichste Kirchen-Lieder enthalten sind. St. Louis: Verlag der Ev..-Luth. Synode von Missouri, Ohio u.a. Staaten, 1862. xii, 432 pp.
Contains 443 hymns; also an “Anhang” of prayers followed by liturgical material. Inscription in old German script at beginning of book.
Donated by Eileen Altenburg.
Rosche, Geo. F., and Chas. H. Gabriel, eds. Rosche’s Geistliche Männerchöre. Chicago: Geo. F. Rosche & Co., n.d. 128 pp.
Donated by Jane Graff.
Schmidt, Wilhelm. Sieghardus. Der Hauptmann der beim Kreuze stand. Columbus, Ohio: Lutherische Verlagshandlung, 1898. 256 pp.
German-American author; inscribed “August Reider, Weihnachten 1943.”
Donated by Werner and Marie Randelzhofer.
[White, James Springer.] Christi glorreiche Erscheinung: Eine Auslegung von Matthäus Vierundzwanzig. (His glorious appearing). Battle Creek, Mich.: Review & Herald Verlagsgesellschaft, 1895. 96 pp., ill.
“Eine reich illustrierte Broschüre von etwa hundert Seiten, in welcher eine Erklärung der grossen Prophezeiung unseres Heilandes bezüglich der Zerstörung Jerusalems, des Endes der Welt etc. gegeben wird. Zeigt die Erfüllung der die Wiederkunft Christi ankündigenden Zeichen der Zeit.”
Donated by Sheboygan County Historical Research Center.
Edwards, Lois. “Starting Points for Germanic Genealogy: An Essential Step in Using German Records.” Germanic Genealogy Journal, vol. 8, no. 1, Spring 2005, pp. 16-17.
“If you want to use German records, you probably will need to take one essential step in your research—confirm that your immigrant ancestor was born in a specific parish in Europe.”
Ehlert, Edward, Carl Geisler, John Jung, and others. Folk Culture: Some Personal Recollections of Fun, Games, and Recreation. Edward Ehlert Series on Manitowoc County History, no. 1. Richard Stolz and Rosemary Young Singh, eds. Manitowoc, Wis. : Manitowoc County Historical Society, 1988. vii, 48 pp., ill.
Includes information on the Kiel Turnverein, Kiel Männerchor, and the Kiel Frauen Verein.
Donated by the Manitowoc County Historical Society and Debbie Kmetz.
Friedrichs, Bernadette Monika Maria. “Die Achtundvierziger in den USA: Konfliktlinien und Akkulturation.” Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. 144 pp.
Hausarbeit zur Erlangung des Akademischen Grades einer Magistra Artium.
Sections include: Die amerikanische Welt um 1848 (Nativismus und Puritanismus, Deutsche Immigration vor 1848); Die Gruppe der Achtundvierziger (Definition, Merkmale der Achtundvierziger, Radikalität der Achtundvierziger, Die Autoren von Memoiren); Identitätskrise und Rollenverlust (Der gescheiterte Revoluntionär, Der politische Flüchtling, Der arbeitslose Akademiker), Der verunsicherte Familienvater, Der Achtundvierziger); Achtundvierziger und Knownothings (Gegenseitige Einschätzungen, Politischer Hintergrund und Konfliktpunkte); Die Grünen und die Grauen (Gegenseitige Einschätzungen Politischer Hintergrund und Konfliktpunkte); Akkulturationsstadien von Achtundvierzigern (Das frühe Amerikabild der Achtundvierziger, Die Akkulturationsbereitschaft der Gruppe, Die Rückkehrer ins alte Vaterland, Die Bewahrer deutscher Kultur in Amerika, die Deutschamerikaner in der neuen Heimat).
Donated by Bernadette Monika Maria Friedrichs.
Gossler, Arnold. Aufbruch in fremde Länder. Die Auswanderungsgeschichte des ehemaligen Amtes Senheim Altkreis Zell/Mosel—Rheinland Pfalz nach Nordamerika und Brasilien. 3. Auflage. Liesenich, Germany : the author, 2003. 297 pp., ill.
The result of several years’ research into what the author calls the “forced emigration”of 1852 from the Hunsrück-Mosel area of Germany, this richly-illustrated monograph begins with an overview of emigration from German-speaking lands to countries such as Brazil and America, then focuses upon the former Amt Senheim and its history of emigration. Gossler writes that the mayors of five communities—Senheim, Grenderich, Liesenich, Mittelstrimmig, and Altstrimmig—developed a plan to send the willing poor to America, at the cost of the communities. Many of these immigrants came to Wisconsin. Gossler includes a listing of the individuals who departed those communities in 1852, as well as those who emigrated between 1829 and 1890 who were not part of the 1852 groups. The final section examines German emigration to Brazil.
Donated by Arnold Gossler.
Hemmerle, Oliver Benjamin. “Der arme Teufel”: Eine transatlantische Zeitschrift zwischen Arbeiterbewegung und bildungsbürgerlichem Kulturtransfer um 1900. Schriftenreihe der Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Band 13. Klaus-Jürgen Scherer, Adalbert Schlag, and Burkarde Thiele, eds. Münster: Lit Verlag, . xii, 264 pp;
“Die literarisch-politische Zeitschrift ‘Der arme Teufel’ erschien von 1884 bis 1900 in Detroit (Michigan) and von 1902 bis 1904 in Friedrichshagen bei Berlin. Von dem badischen Auswanderer Robert Reitzel begründet und nach dessen Tod von Martin Drescher fortgeführt, erlebte diese Publikation unter Albert Weidner in Friedrichshagen eine Wiedergeburt. Als transatlantische Zeitschrift zwischen Arbeiterbewegung und bildungsbürgerlichem Kulturtransfer ist ‘Der arme Teufel’ ein aussergewöhnliches Zeugnis für das literarische Leben und die anarchistische Bewegung im Deutschen Reich und in den USA.”
Donated by the author, Dr. Oliver Benjamin Hemmerle.
Kazal, Russell A. “Review of Deutsche im Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg: Briefe von Front und Farm 1861-1865 (Wolfgang Helbich and Walter D. Kampfhoefner, eds., Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2002. 580 pp., maps, glossary.).” H-NET Book Review, Jan. 2005, pp. [3 pp.].
“Historians of the Civil War, of the mid-nineteenth-century United States, and of American immigration would find this a welcome source, and the volume strongly merits an English translation on these grounds alone. Students of German immigration may well find this collection indispensable. The correspondence, with its focus on conditions and experiences within the wartime United States, has less to say to historians of Germany. Yet those with transnational interests—in migration, including return migration, in trans-Atlantic networks and influences, and in the image of America in the German states—may also find this collection rewarding.”
Kelly, Nancy. “The Palatine Farmstead at Rhinebeck.” The Palatine Immigrant, vol. 30, no. 3, June 2005, pp. 7-10, ill.
A farmstead property in Rhinebeck, New York, is being restored and interpreted to highlight the story of Palatine settlement in that state. The first building known to have occupied the site is pictured on a map of the area, c. 1750. The Farmstead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Neher-Elseffer-Losee house, and it has remained in the possession of successive generations of one family throughout the centuries.
Kersten, Holger. Von Hannibal nach Heidelberg: Mark Twain und die Deutschen. Eine Studie zu literarischen und soziokulturellen Quellen eines Deutschlandbildes. Kieler Beiträge zur Anglistik und Amerikanistik. Neue Folge, Band 4. Rudolf Böhm, Konrad Gross, and Dietrich Jäger, eds. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1993. iii, 393 pp., ill. Originally presented as the author’s thesis (doctoral)—Universität Kiel, 1992.
Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, pp. 127-129.
Concentrating on the period up to the publication of A Tramp Abroad, this study delves into the early life of Samuel Clemens and illuminates various factors that may have influenced the American author’s attitude toward the Germans and their country. “For anyone familiar with the distribution of the Germans in the United States, it is not surprising that Clemens came into contact with a significant number of Germans in his home state, Missouri. In Hannibal, where he grew up, and in St Louis, where Germans constituted almost a third of the city’s population, many of them were among his friends and neighbours. It was unexpected, however, that this almost intimate contact with citizens of German descent continued in the Far West. Virginia City and San Francisco had a considerable German population, and, despite the limited availability of authentic source material about this period of his life, it is possible to demonstrate Clemens’s personal contacts without relying on too many inferences. His exposure to things German continued during his residence in the Eastern cities of Buffalo, Elmira, and Hartford.” The study also examines Clemens’s trip to Germany, and, making use of linguistic and social psychological research, illuminates “the results of its historical and biographical probe… [to arrive] at an integration of the sociocultural factors and the individual determinants highlighted” over the course of the work.
Includes an English summary, “English and American Studies in German 1992: Summaries of Theses and Monographs. A Supplement to Anglia. Sonderdruck.”
Donated by the author, Dr. Holger Kersten.
Knopp, Kenn. “Uniquely Friedrichsburgerisch! Part 2: Germlish: Fritztown Talk, Heritage German, as Spoken in the Fredericksburg Area.” The Journal (German-Texan Heritage Society), vol. 27, no. 1, Summer 2005, pp. 181-87.
Examines the Texas-German dialect known as Friedrichsburger Deutsch, also called “Stadkrick Geschwetz” or town creek German (“from the local expression of being baptized in the bad creekwater, that is, picking up bad German”). Provides a collection of German expressions, many of which incorporate English words or grammar.
Konnak, Sally, comp. Free Congregation of Sauk City Library: Annotated Bibliographies. [Sauk City : Free Congregation], 2005. 45, 12, 6, 7 pp.
Bibliographies of books, pamphlets (including tracts, sermons, lectures, etc.), newspapers, and periodicals at the library of the Sauk City Freie Gemeinde, which was founded in 1852. Annotations describe subject matter, condition of materials, and inscriptions and signatures (often of prominent Sauk City families).
Donated by Sally Konnak and the Free Congregation of Sauk City.
Krejcarek, Eugene L. Agriculture. Edward Ehlert Series on Manitowoc County History, no. 2. Rosemary Young Singh and Richard Stolz, eds. Manitowoc, Wis. : Manitowoc County Historical Society, 1990. ix, 159 pp., ill.
Includes information on German-Americans in the county, including breweries such as William Rahr and Sons, Mueller, Pautz, Roeffs, Hottelman, G. Kunz, Christian Scheibe,Gutheil Brothers, Duemmlers, and Mishicot (established by Julius Lindstedt).
Donated by the Manitowoc County Historical Society and Debbie Kmetz.
Lessoff, Alan. “Adolf Cluss, Architect: From Germany to America.” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, no. 36, Spring 2005, pp. 122-25.
The life and career of Adolf Cluss (1825-1905) was the subject of a 2004 symposium, part of a binational effort to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of Cluss’s death that will include exhibitions and public events in autumn 2005 in Cluss’s hometown of Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, and Washington, DC, where he worked as an architect. A leader of the 1848 Revolution in Mainz, Cluss immigrated to the United States and built a career as an architect and civil engineer. This report provides brief summaries of papers presented at the symposium.
Mayer, Adam. “Schoweer in Amerika.” In Festschrift zur Hundertfünfzigjahrfeier der Ansiedlungsgemeinden Neu-Altschowe (Batschka) in Jugoslawien, 1786-1936. Friedrich Konrath and Kornelius Weimann, eds. Novisad: Druckerei- und Verlags-A.-G., 1936, pp. 453-64.
“The Batschka, also called Batschau in original documents, belonged to Austro-Hungary until 1918 and is today the Vojodina province in northeastern Serbia. Includes: “Eine Stimme aus Kalifornien” and “Schoweer Kolonie in Cleveland (Ohio).” Also a listing of the names of “aus Schowe nach Amerika Ausgewanderten” between the years 1902 and 1929.
Donated by Michael Riegel.
[Muller, Rene, comp.] N. E. Becker, 1842-1920: E Wormer Dichter an Amerika. Wormer Muselbeicher, 19. Wormeldange, Luxembourg; Grevenmacher, Luxembourg: Letzebuerger Guiden a Scouten; Dreckerei Erny Faber, [1987?]. 165 pp., ill.
A celebration of Nicolas E. Becker, a dialect poet originally from Wormeldange, Luxembourg, who immigrated to Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. Includes information on emigration from Luxembourg, views of America (see: “‘Neu Luxemburg’ im Wisconsin”) and Brazil, biographical descriptions of Becker and examinations of his poems, many poems by various authors on the topic of emigration, and nicknames reprinted from Becker’s 1908 “Lexicon der eigenthümlichen Bennenungen vieler Bewohner des Nördlichen Theils, von Ozaukee Co(unty), Wis(consin) und Umgebung.”
Donated by Jean Ensch, Institut Grand-Ducal, Luxembourg.
Reed, Carroll E., and Lester W. J. Seifert. The Reed-Seifert Questionnaire. 43 pp.
A language questionnaire for Pennsylvania German. Results of interviews using this questionnaire are published in A Word Atlas of Pennsylvania German (Madison, WI : Max Kade Institute, 2001).
Scheibler, Jason. “Napoleon’s Heavy Hand Is Milwaukee ‘s Good Luck: The Gettelman Brewing Family Had Roots in Exodus from Alsace.” Perspektiven (Goethe House of Wisconsin), vol. 4, no. 2, Spring 2005, pp. 5-6, ill.
Peter Goettelmann left Hesse-Darmstadt to “escape with his family from a continent he viewed as too corrupt for redemption.” In Milwaukee the Goettelmann family merged with the aristocratic Schwieckhard family from Alsace, leading to the establishment of the A. Gettelman Brewing Company in 1871 on the site of the original Schweickhard Brewery.
———. “Not the Last of the Mohicans: How a German Immigrant Girl Learned to Be a Patrician Native American in Early 20th Century Wisconsin.” Perspektiven (Goethe House of Wisconsin), vol. 4, no. 2, Spring 2005, pp. 1, 7, ill.
In 1822 the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans were removed from their ancestral territories and ordered to travel westward across the Mississippi. One band refused to continue to Oklahoma and turned north, settling in Shawano County, Wisconsin. “Having abandoned the Mohican language for Yankee-accented English three full generations before the expulsion, the Stockbridge Band became the first English-speaking community to settle in the state.” Later the Stockbridge Mohicans converted to German Lutheranism. In 1907 Louisa Mielke, whose family emigrated from Saxony, married John Tousey, a Stockbridge Mohican. The article discusses the difficulties the couple encountered from both their families.
Schroeder, David. “Wisconsin Synod Lutherans in Milwaukee during the Bennett Law Contest, 1889-1891.” Marquette University, 2005. 40 pp.
Paper submitted in partial fulfillment for the requirements of History 320, taught by Dr. Steven Avella, Marquette University, Spring 2005; includes bibliographic references and table showing Wisconsin Synod Congregations and Schools in Milwaukee in 1890.
The Bennett Law refers to a Wisconsin statute stipulating that required subjects be taught in English. It “sparked a political and cultural controversy that pitted Wisconsin German-Americans against the state’s other ethnic groups. The Bennett Law contest, which lasted a brief two years, provides a window through which to study a specific sub-group of German-Americans in Wisconsin —Milwaukee German-American Lutherans who affiliated themselves with the Wisconsin Synod.” Examines the history of Wisconsin Synod congregations in Milwaukee, with an emphasis on parochial schools; the public school system in Milwaukee; the 1889 Wisconsin Synod convention; and efforts to “rid Wisconsin of the Bennett Law.” Many Wisconsin Synod Lutherans, fearing “the requirements of the Bennett Law as threat to their denomination and their culture,” became opponents of the law, helping to lead to its defeat.
Seifert, Lester W. J., comp. The Wisconsin German Questionnaire. Madison, WI : University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1946. 37 pp.
Questionnaire developed to study the German language in Wisconsin. Covers the following topics: house and home, dishes and utensils, farm and buildings, crops and implements, animals and fowl, vegetables and fruit, meals and meats, foods and drink, trees and flowers, small life, topography, store and business, the body, clothing, sickness, personal attributes, the family, social affairs, the emotions, the weather, time, numerals, and miscellany.
Short, Anne, and John Short, eds. Gutes Essen: A Family Cookbook. [Madison, WI]: Anne and John Short, 1987. 180 pp., ill.
Inside front cover: “Cover design: Coat of Arms of Baden-Württemburg, the province in which our ancestral village is located. Alex Burkart and Rosina Seifried Burkart, our paternal grandparents, were born in Bühlertal, Baden, in the Black Forest region of West Germany. There were married there and all of their children, except for our father, were born there.” Family cookbook includes reminiscences of parents Ida and Hubert Burkart from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and other family members (pp. 1-54).
Donated by Anne Short.
Turbes, Donna Hollerung. “The Internet and Germanic Family-History Research.” Germanic Genealogy Journal, vol. 8, no. 1, Spring 2005, pp. 18-22.
Overview of genealogy search engines, databases, societies, periodicals, archives, and emigration sites and sources. Includes a glossary of German words pertinent to genealogy Web sites.
Uhler, David. “University Researchers Are Trying to Record State ‘s Unique, and Dying, German Language.” The Journal (German-Texan Heritage Society), vol. 27, no. 2, Summer 2005, pp. 176-80.
From the San Antonio Express-News (online).
Reports on efforts by researchers from the University of Texas Germanic Studies Department to record speakers of Texas-German dialects. In 1910, Texas had 110,000 residents who spoke German as their first language. Today, there are fewer than 8,000 native Texas German speakers.
Baptismal document [Taufschein] (Alva Louise Laidlaw, 1898). [Hales Corners, Wis.]: .
“Alva Louise Tochter der Familie William und Pauline Laidlaw geboren den 29. August 1894 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ist am 18. September 1898 in der Ev. Emanuels Gemeinde im Namen des Dreieinigen Gottes getauft worden. Taufzeugen waren Herr Louis Rieckhof, Frau Friederike Schmidt. H. Thomas, Pastor der Ev. Emanuels Gemeinde, Hales Corners, Wisc.”
Donated by Werner and Marie Randelzhofer.
Baptismal document [Taufschein] (Gladys Henriette Laidlaw, 1898). [Hales Corners, Wis.]: .
“Gladys Henriette, Tochter der Familie William und Pauline Laidlaw, geboren den 16. August 1898 in Hales Corners, Wisc. ist am 18. September 1898 in der Evang. Emanuels Gemeinde im Namen des Dreieinigen Gottes getauft worden. Taufzeugen waren Herr Heinr. Schmidt und Frau Aug. Bleibaum. H. Thomas, Pastor der Ev. Emanuels Kirche in Hales Corners, Wisc.”
Donated by Werner and Marie Randelzhofer.
Erinnerung an den Tag der Confirmation (Pauline Johanne Friedr. Schmidt, 1884). [Franklin, Wis.]: .
“Pauline Johanne Friedr. Schmidt geboren den 29ten März 1871 confirmirt den 14ten April 1884 in der Ev. St. Petri Gemeinde zu Franklin, Wisc.”
Donated by Werner and Marie Randelzhofer.
Konnak, Sally. The Boltzes of Bakertown. S.l.: s.n., 1997.  pp., ill.
Boltz family members came from the villages of Leimersheim and Germersheim in the Pfalz. Andreas Boltz departed from LeHavre, France, for America in 1853, and settled across from Senz’s/Sanse’s Mill near the village of Rome, Wisconsin. Carl and Charlotte Boltz sailed in 1869 for America and also came to Sullivan Township near Rome. Bakertown was a small settlement “at the junction of County P and Bakertown Road, where the church was located.” Includes information on the Free-Will Baptists, the image of Wisconsin in the eyes of German-speaking emigrants, the sea voyage from Europe to America, Native Americans in Wisconsin, the earliest white settlers, Bakertown and Rome, and Milwaukee.
Donated by Sally Konnak, daughter of Mabel, daughter of Charles, son of Carl and Charlotte Boltz.
Martens, Jacob. Hans August Wilhelm Krohn, 18 Sept 1909 to 20 April 2005. 2 pp.
Biographical sketch of Hans Krohn. Around 1942, as a German national who declined to enter the American army, he was taken by rail to be interned near Bismarck, ND, where he took up oil painting as a hobby.
Donated by Jacob Martens.
Bloomfield, Leonard. First German Book. Columbus, Ohio: R. G. Adams & Co., 1923. vi, 362 pp.
On cover and spine: First Year German Course
Morgan, Bayard Quincy, and Friedrich Wilhelm Strothmann. Reading German. With texts and exercises based on and written within 1230 words of the Minimum Standard German Vocabulary. Boston , New York , etc.: Ginn and Company, 1943. x, 179 pp.
“. . . [T]his reader may be used at the beginning of the second college year by any student who has mastered the first 1000 words, together with their commonest derivatives and compounds, of the Minimum Standard German Vocabulary (published in dictionary form by Crofts) and who has at least a recognition knowledge of the more difficult syntactical forms of modern German prose. . . . Our texts, which belong roughly in the category commonly known as ‘popular science,’ have been prepared with constant reference to the words employed.”
Donated by Dennis Bergren.