German-American Dialects Online

GERMAN-AMERICAN DIALECTS ONLINE!

Are you curious what your German-speaking ancestors in America might have sounded like?

The Max Kade Institute’s German-American and American English Dialects page is new and improved and back online! Go tohttp://language.mki.wisc.edu/, click on the tabs and explore “The German Language in America,” listen to “German-American Dialect Recordings,” and read “Essays” to learn more about facts and myths regarding German in America.

GERMAN GENEALOGY Workshop in Madison, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Finding Our German Ancestors in Europe:

a Workshop for Genealogists 

with Antje Petty 
Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
UW-Madison Memorial LIBRARY, Room 126,
728 State Street, Madison
Cosponsored by the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies and the Wisconsin Historical Society

Madison Half Marathon

At Tenney Park, just past mile 11.

At Tenney Park, just past mile 11.

The Madison Marathon and Half Marathon was held on Sunday November 11, 2018, and here’s a photo of Tim (#5517) and Joe (#5583) in Tenney Park just past the Mile 11 marker. More importantly, this is just a little over 2 miles from the finish line and the beer tent.  It was a pretty cold morning, but at this point the sun had come out and the temperature had nearly gotten up to the freezing point.

Click on the photo to see the larger version.

CD Release Party – November 17

Sound Salon – Alpine Dreaming

November 17, 2018 – 7:00pm
University Club, 803 State St., Madison, WI

Join us for this lively CD release party featuring the Grammy award-winning owners of Archeophone Records Meagan Hennessey and Richard Martin, accordionist Deb Krauss Smith, and folklorist and Professor Emeritus James P. Leary.
In 1920 Ferdinand Ingold, a poor but visionary Swiss settler in the small Wisconsin town of Monroe, audaciously launched a record label, Helvetia—invoking his homeland’s ancient name and celebrating its musical heritage. Praised in the immigrant press yet beset by fiscal challenges, Helvetia issued a scant 36 sides. Illuminating one of the first American record labels established by an immigrant for his own community, Alpine Dreaming both recalls a bygone era and resonates with all who seek better New World lives while remembering their homelands.
Co-sponsored by the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, Mills Music Library, and the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2nd Annual MMC Open House

We held our 2nd Annual Open House at the Essen Haus on Thursday, September 27, 2018.  Had a good turnout and our friends from MGV Kenosha paid us another visit as well.

Also, President Ruch presented Walter Bausch with his 65-Year Certificate.

 

Beloit Chorale Concert

The Beloit Chorale performing at Bethel Lutheran Church, July 21, 2018

The Beloit Chorale performing at Bethel Lutheran Church

The Beloit Chorale performed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison on Saturday July 21st. This is the Chorale’s first season and we were pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor the concert.

This is a recording of one of the songs that the chorale performed. It is “Stars” by Erik Esenvalds.

Olbrich Park Biergarten

On Thursday June 28, we met for our usual summer “rehearsal” at the Olbrich Park Biergarten. We had visited once last summer, and it’s a great location on the shore of Lake Monona. It’s at the south end of the park, near the Walter Street entrance.

We had some beer and some food and sang a few songs, and generally had a great time, as you can see in the photos below. We’ll definitely have to make another visit to the Biergarten soon!

Bucky on Parade

Gemuetlichkeit Bucky on the Capitol Square

Gemuetlichkeit Bucky on the Capitol Square

Those of you who live in the Madison area have probably seen or heard of the “Bucky on Parade” public art project. This involves 85 different Bucky Badger statues in the Madison area, each one 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. Every statue is transformed by a local artist into a unique representation of Bucky. Here is a link to the WMTV story.

Tim found the “Gemütlichkeit Bucky” near the Capitol and took this picture. Click on the thumbnail to see the larger image.

For more information on the art project, here is the official Bucky on Parade web site. There are maps on the web site showing the location of all 85 of the Buckies. The project runs from May 7, to September 12, 2018.

 

MMC Tile – Monona Terrace

When the Monona Terrace was being built, the public was offered the opportunity to purchase commemorative tiles for placement on the Terrace Roof Garden.

The other day I finally had a chance to locate (again) the tile purchased by the Madison Männerchor at the time.

It is located in the southeast corner of the Roof Garden, near the sign for the Lake Vista Cafe (see picture).

 

Kohl Center January 2018

We were invited to sing the national anthem at the Kohl Center on January 26, before the UW mens hockey game against Penn State. We got to see a lot of the facilities at the Kohl Center. We did a couple of sound checks – it was a new experience for us to sing in such a large hall with microphones.

After we sang the anthem, we had a chance to watch the first period before going up to the Kellner Club to sing during the first intermission. We had a great time and were able to sing a lot of favorite songs. It was a great evening and best of all UW came from behind to defeat Penn State 4-2!

Here are a few photos: