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“Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge” with German Beer, Food and Music! — Friday, November 13, in Madison

Join the Friends for an entertaining evening to benefit the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies!

Friday, November 13, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The University Club
803 State Street, Madison, 53703

Sample craft beer from Bull Falls Brewery in Wausau, Wisconsin,
Enjoy a German-style buffet with delicacies from Clasen’s European Bakery in Middleton, Swiss Colony in Monroe, and the University Club Restaurant.

Dance to Polka Music with Rick March, and bid on fun silent auction baskets.

To purchase tickets fill out the attached
FRIENDS of the Max Kade Institute FALL FEST 2015 Registration Form
$30 advanced purchase
$35 at the door

Help us promote this event — Download and print our flyer!

**Please note: Tickets will not be sent out. We will confirm your purchase by email or phone.
Stop at the registration desk at the event, and you will be issued a wrist bracelet.


Contact: or 608-262-7546

The Deutscher Sprachatlas Is Back!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013; 5:30–7:30 p.m.

The Rathskeller, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street

The Deutscher Sprachatlas is an important German linguistics atlas in Memorial Library’s German language and literature collection. Unfortunately it has not been available to linguistic students and scholars due to its fragile condition. With funding from the Friends [of the UW-Madison Libraries], the original has been carefully restored by Memorial Library’s Preservation Department and a facsimile created for use in the stacks.

Help us celebrate the unveiling of the restored atlas and facsimile in Der Rathskeller at Memorial Union. You can view the Sprachatlas, listen to German-Wisconsin music, learn about the importance of this document, hear about its preservation, and celebrate Oktoberfest! German-style refreshments will be available. Wunderbar! For more details about the restoration, see the article on page 8 in the

Fall 2013 Friends Newsletter.

Cosponsored by the

Memorial Library Reference and the Collection Preservation Departments, the Department of German, the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies and Mills Music Library.

St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig, Germany

The St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig, Germany will be performing at

Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin, on

Sunday, November 3, 2013.

The choir was founded in 1212, and was led by J.S. Bach from 1723 until

his death in 1750. The group last appeared in the US on the East coast

in 2000.

Luther Memorial Church can accommodate approximately 650 people to hear

this very special concert.

Junger Chor Münster

The award-winning Junger Chor Münster from the city of Münster in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany visits Milwaukee on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 27 & 28, 2013!  They sing classical, gospel and pop music in concert in German, English and other languages. 

Concert performances: 

Tuesday, August 27 at 7:15 pm

Redemption Lutheran Church,

4057 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, WI 53222.

Wednesday, August 28 at 7:15 pm

St. Catherine Catholic Church, 5101 W. Center St., Milwaukee, WI 53210.

Contact Jeff Boardman at Redemption Lutheran: 414-466-4830,, or Doug Scott at St. Catherine: 414-614-2235,

Taste Traditions of Wisconsin Dinner: Prost! The Story of Germans in Wisconsin

Taste Traditions of Wisconsin: Prost! The Story of Germans in Wisconsin

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:30-9:00 pm

Register by Wednesday, August 14

From beer and bratwurst to farming and educational advances, the influence of Germans in Wisconsin is everywhere. Join Cora Lee Kluge, UW Professor of German and Co-Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, as she discusses how and why Wisconsin became the most German state in the U.S., as well as the lasting impact of German traditions and customs on our lives today. Savor the flavors of Germany with a meal catered by Blue Plate Catering that highlights the best of German cuisine.

Buffet dinner menu includes:

Green salad

Sauerbraten with gravy

Swabian Noodles (Spaetzle)

Potato Pancakes

Rye Bread and Butter

Black Forest Cherry Cake

Drinks: Beer, Apple Juice, Coffee

Cost to attend is $25 and WHS Members receive a 10% discount.


Hurry! These events fill fast!

To reserve your space, call 608-264-6555, or click here 



GENEALOGY CLASS: Tracing Your German-American Roots

GENEALOGY CLASS: Tracing Your German-American Roots

Saturday, March 2, 2013, 9am – noon

UW-Memorial LIBRARY, room 126 728 State Street, Madison, WI

A collaboration of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Max Kade Institute, this class will help you identify locations of records and will offer research strategies for using these records to uncover your German ancestors both here and in the old country.

Instructors: Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives, and Antje Petty, Assistant Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies

Registration: Contact Lori Bessler at 608-264-6519, via email at or download a printable registration form (PDF 136 KB).

$35 for Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin State Genealogical Society or Friends of Max Kade Institute members,

$40 for non-members

For further information go to:




SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2013 @ 8:00PM 

Tickets on sale now!


January 7, 2013 (Chicago, IL) – MSG Entertainment and Live Nation welcome Herbert Grönemeyerto The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:00PM. 

Over the course of the past three decades, Herbert Grönemeyer has established himself as Germany’s most successful recording artist of all time, with album sales surpassing 18 million copies, and two of his albums, 1984’s 4630 Bochum and 2002’s Mensch, becoming the biggest German-language releases in history. But for audiences in the United States — and, in fact, to the English-speaking world at large — his forthcoming album I Walk will be an introduction to an artist whose music is fervent, personal and passionate.

 I Walk,

the English-language debut in the U.S. for Grönemeyer, will be released on February 26, 2013 on Grönland Deutschland/EMI Label Services. For this album, Grönemeyer recorded some of the most impressive songs in his vast catalog in English, and wrote two new songs. On the album’s lead-off track, “Mensch,” Grönemeyer is joined on vocals by Bono, one of the special guests on the album, along with Antony Hegarty of Antony and The Johnsons on the dramatic “Will I Ever Learn” (“When he started singing, my skin went up,” Grönemeyer recalls) and guitarist James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers on “To The Sea.” 

Working on an English-language album, Grönemeyer says, was less about dissatisfaction with his status outside the German-speaking world than about the challenge, the opportunity for self-discovery. “I have to find my own challenges,” he says. “This is one of those moments where I think, ‘OK, let’s try it.’ So let’s start here and see what happens. I try to reinvent what I’m doing in my limited way. And that’s the fun. That’s my joy. This is what I can do.” 




TICKET PRICES: $39.50, $59.50, $79.50

Documenting Wisconsin Heritage: Wisconsin-German Language and Culture

Documenting Wisconsin Heritage: Wisconsin-German Language and Culture

UW-Madison, Memorial Union: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 6-8pm

800 Langdon Street Madison, WI 53706 (See: TITU for room on day of presentation)


6-7, Q&A, 7-8

Building upon recently conducted interviews with Wisconsin-German speakers in Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Calumet, and Fond du Lac counties, this presentation addresses the historic and current presence of German-speakers in eastern Wisconsin. Joshua Bousquette, Ben Frey and Alyson Sewell (UW-Madison) will discuss past and present reserach efforts on Wisconsin-German varieties. Then they will present findings related to the changing situation of German speakers living in Wisconsin from early settlement to the present day and the resulting unique Wisconsin-German varieties that developed within these bilingual communities.


Joshua Bousquette is a Ph.D. candidate in German at UW-Madison. He has previously worked with the “German in Wisconsin” and “Wisconsin Englishes” projects, and has most recently published on the social structure of Frisian-speaking communities in Wisconsin.


Benjamin Frey is a Ph.D. candidate in German at UW-Madison who recently worked with the “German in Wisconsin” project and published on German language newspapers in Wisconsin. His dissertation, Toward a General Theory of Language Shift: A Case Study in Wisconsin German and North Carolina Cherokee, deals with community structure and language shift in Wisconsin German communities, and language revitalization efforts in Eastern Band Cherokee.


Alyson Sewell is a Ph.D. candidate in the German at UW-Madison who worked with Wisconsin-German in Sheboygan County for her 2011 MA project (Functions of Code-switching in Bilingual interactions: Language Alternation to Report Speech in German). She has continued this work with the “German in Wisconsin” project and presented on features of bilingual speech at various conferences and various campus colloquiums.