Category Archives: Traditions, Heritage and History

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 



Celebrate German Master Brewing

Celebrate the Joys of German Master Brewing and support the Madison Early Music Festival. The Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF) is partnering with the Capital Brewery for a wonderful afternoon in the Biergarten. Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Capital Brewery Beer Garden, 7734 Terrace Ave, Middleton WI. Click on the following link for the flyer.

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All proceeds benefit MEMF. RSVP: Mary Ellen Bell or (608) 347-6260 (e-mail preferred).

Other important links:
Madison Early Music
Capital Brewery

Visiting Fermenting Tanks at the Capital Brewery

Visiting Fermenting Tanks at the Capital Brewery

Brewing Vats at Capital Brewery

Brewing Vats at Capital Brewery

German Interest Group Annual Conference July 13 2013

The German Interest Group of Wisconsin is holding their Annual Conference on Saturday, July 13 at the UW-Whitewater Campus Conner Center (Hamilton Auditorium)!

The featured speaker is Roger P. Minert, who is a well-known author and genealogist as well as a professor at Brigham University in Provo, Utah

GIG – WI Annual Conference Please feel free to print copies for your groups. Early Registration is due before June 15th.

For more information, contact:
Kristina Freund
(262) 332-9225

German Interest Group Meeting June 3 2013

Event Date: Monday June 3, 2013
Sponsor: German Interest Group – Wisconsin
When: 7 p.m. Monday, June 3
Where: St. Mark Lutheran, 2921 Mount Zion, Janesville, WI
Topic: FROM THE FEUDAL TO THE FEDERAL STATE, 19TH CENTURY GERMAN IMMIGRATION TO WISCONSIN, by Johann Stroschänk, Professor of German language, culture and literature and Bill Thiel, Instructor of German immigration, both of UW Eau Claire.
Contact: Kristina – Ph (262) 332-9225 or E:

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

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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.