The Wisconsin German Experience: A Traveling Exhibit


Germans in WI

MCL is honored to host the traveling exhibit “Neighbors Past and Present: The Wisconsin German Experience,” offered by the Max Kade Institute for German- American Studies. The display is on exhibit in the library through October 15th. 

On fourteen panels that draw largely on images and resources from the Institute’s library and archives, the exhibit covers German migration and settlement in Wisconsin, questions of ethnicity and identity in newly forged communities, and the cohesiveness of these communities over the decades, especially in times of economic crisis or war. Specific topics include language; print culture; religion; Amish and Mennonites; traditions and social clubs, education; rural and urban life; business; political and civic engagement; times of war; and immigrants and their descendants in the global world, past and present.