A rack of bread stands in front of a map of Germany.In the 19th century many of the people who immigrated to Wisconsin came from German speaking regions in Europe. Families from a particular region in Germany often settled together in the same region in Wisconsin. They brought with them their language, their culture and ways of life.

Often these immigrants bought adjacent farmland and created villages and towns that reflected their German heritage. Most visible were the expressive aspects of their culture, such as clothing, festivals and foods. For Germans the most important food item was their bread.

Immigrants brought their bread recipes and bread making traditions with them, but had to adjust these to the different conditions they found in the new land. Over the decades, while the German immigrants more and more blended with the surrounding cultures their ways of life changed. This process of acculturation can be observed in the change in bread traditions.

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