Category Archives: Max Kade Institute

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.

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:

“Stories from Wisconsin: Germans, Beer, and Prohibition”




Jerry Apps: “Stories from Wisconsin: Germans, Beer, and Prohibition”


Wednesday, December 7, 7pm, Memorial Union


(See “Today in the Union” for room on day of presentation)


Born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, Jerry Apps is Professor Emeritus at the


University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of more than 30 books on


country life and Wisconsin history, including Breweries of Wisconsin.






Sponsored by the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison


and the Friends of the Max Kade Institute


To cap off the evening, join us for a beer at the

Rathskeller in the Memorial Union (800 Langdon St.)

The Max Kade Institute Needs Your Help!

PLEASE HELP US RAISE $200,000 for the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies LIBRARY PROJECT –

Dear Friends of the Max Kade Institute,

As many of you have heard, the Max Kade Institute is now moving to a much larger and more centrally located place on the UW–Madison campus: the University Club. We are using this opportunity to build a state-of-the-art library and archival facility for our unique collections of German-language materials published in North America, including an exhibit space and comfortable reading areas for our patrons. The renovation is budgeted at $1.1 million, and we are within reach of our goal. Please help us to preserve this important part of American history and support our efforts to raise the final $200,000.

HELP US RAISE $200,000
Through the end of 2011 all donations will be matched dollar for dollar
by the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Gifts can be made by check, made out to UW Foundation, with MKI Library Project in the memo line and mailed to: Max Kade Institute, 901 University Bay Dr., Madison, WI 53705 or online through the MKI Web site: (click on “MKI Library Campaign”).

All gifts to the MKI Library Project are fully tax deductible.

For additional information contact:
Antje Petty at the Max Kade Institute (608-262-7546 or

New Links on Max Kade Institute Website

The following two Web sites have recently been added to the MKI’s Resources page (
and may be of interest to you!

German-American Heritage Museum
An art and multimedia museum located in Washington, DC, providing permanent and temporary exhibits on German immigration and migration across the Unites States and on famous German Americans. The Resources page provides state-by-state links to informative Web sites about German immigrants, German organizations and landmarks, German-American business resources, government resources, student opportunities, and German-language radio programs.

Gemütlichkeit, Schnitzelbank, and Kitsch: German-American Caricature in Vintage Postcards
The Archives & Rare Books Library of the University of Cincinnati has added an exhibit that explores the creation and perpetuation of German American ethnic stereotypes through cartoon images found on popular postcards in the 20th century. More than fifty cards illustrating a public view of a major ethnic group are included in the exhibit, which can be downloaded as PDF.