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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April 29, 2003