History of Germans in WI Jan 18

Most Wisconsinites know that German culture has deep roots throughout the state. At the 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, January 18, History at Home programs at the Fond du Lac Public Library, Mark Louden will explore the impact German-speaking immigrants and their descendants have had in shaping the life and culture of Wisconsin, from the 19th century to today. The History at Home programs are free; no registration required.

Louden, who was raised in Wisconsin Amish country, is a UW-Madison professor of German, a linguist trained at Cornell University and fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch. He co-directs the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies and is affiliated with the Center for Jewish Studies and the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture.

“The German Presence in Wisconsin” talks will kick off the library’s 2018 History at Home calendar. The monthly series – every third Thursday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. – highlights stories and aspects of local and state history. Programs for 2018 include:

  • February 15: Lakeside Park
  • March 15: Karen Kelley; Women’s History Month
  • April 19: Following the Train Tracks
  • May 17: 40 Years of Walleye Weekend
  • June 21: For the Love of Cheeses

The Fond du Lac Public Library supports a high quality of life in Fond du Lac through reading, lifelong learning and community involvement. There are two locations: the Main Library downtown at 32 Sheboygan St., and FDLPL Express near Festival Foods at Highways 23 and 151. For more information, visit www.fdlpl.org.


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