Neighbors Past and Present closes on Feb. 28

Neighbors Past and Present: The Wisconsin German Experience

The Second Floor exhibit is joined by local memorabilia, programs and events . Discover additional resources.

Three separate waves of German immigration in the 19th century left a lasting mark on Wisconsin. This exhibit from the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies offers an in depth look at German culture in our state. The exhibit is joined by displays of local German-related memorabilia, additional resources and the following programs:
Introduction to Neighbors Past and Present: The Wisconsin German Experience
Sat., Jan. 25          10 a.m.          Under the Dome
Max Kade Institute Director Mark Louden gives an overview of German immigrants' impact on Wisconsin's history.

Carl Laemmle: From Germany to Oshkosh to Hollywood
Tues., Jan. 28          6 p.m.          Under the Dome
How did German immigrant Carl Laemmle become the founder of Universal Studios? UWO professor Doug Heil will trace his remarkable journey. Before the talk, check out Laemmle's 1912 promotional film Oshkosh in Motion on YouTube.

German Ethnic Groups in Oshkosh
Wed., Feb. 5             6 p.m.           Under the Dome
Lourdes High School German teacher Linda Kaelin gives an overview of the various German ethnic groups that have settled in Oshkosh - including the Volga and Highholders.

Tuba Dan Band
Sat., Feb. 8               10 a.m.          Under the Dome
Tuba Dan Band plays a rousing round of Polka favorites. The unique acoustics of the Dome make this an extraordinary event for polka fans. Bring your dancing shoes!

World Cultures: Germany
Sat., Feb. 15               11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.          Under the Dome
Experience German culture through traditional folktales. Lourdes High School German-language students will lead a series of children's games. Top off your studies with a German treat!

Special thanks to UWO Professor Emeritus of German Dr. Alan Lareau; author Lee Reiherzer; UWO Archivist Joshua Ranger, and the Oshkosh Public Museum for the coordination of local displays and on-going program support.