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Public invited to May 4 German-American studies meeting

May 1, 2013

EAU CLAIRE—The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the May 4 annual meeting of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies. This is the first time the meeting will be held in Eau Claire.

The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies is part of the College of Letters & Science at UW-Madison. The institute supports the study of and education about the story of German-speaking immigrants to Wisconsin and their descendants.

"Visitors attending the meeting will gain an appreciation for the many influences — beyond beer, bratwurst and sauerkraut — German immigrants have had on the development of the state of Wisconsin, from agriculture to fine arts to education to politics," said Dr. Johannes Strohschänk, UW-Eau Claire professor of German.

The day will begin with a preprogram workshop at 10 a.m. at the Chippewa Valley Museum, where Strohschänk will teach old German script.

After registration, Strohschänk and his research partner, William G. Thiel, will present "Mid-Nineteenth Century German Immigration to Wisconsin" at 1 p.m. The presentation will provide a brief overview of the main reasons for the immigration of 7 million Germans to America between 1815 and 1914. It will highlight parts of the immigrants' actual voyage and the settling process in the Wisconsin wilderness.

A guided tour through the exhibits of the Chippewa Valley Museum will follow at 3:30 p.m. Events will then continue at 5 p.m. on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in McIntyre Library, followed by a 6:30 p.m. presentation titled "Negotiating Plainness Among Amish and Mennonites in Clark County, Wisconsin" by Dr. Joshua Brown, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of German.

The event is open to the general public; everyone is welcome. Registration is $34, which includes a visit to the Chippewa Valley Museum and a German sit-down gourmet dinner at UW-Eau Claire. Students who sign up at the UW-Eau Claire department of foreign languages office, located in Hibbard Hall Room 378, will receive a substantial discount.

The meeting is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences as well as the departments of foreign languages, English, geography and anthropology, and history.

For more information, contact Dr. Johannes Strohschänk at 715-836-4287 or strohsj@uwec.edu, or email Antje Petty at apetty@wis.edu.

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