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Despite the laments of some nineteenth-century German immigrants that America was a land bereft of poetry and song, a "land without nightingales," the history of German American music is a rich one. This book explores the wide variety of forms of musical expression among German-speaking immigrants to America and their descendants from the eighteenth century to the present. Topics range from Moravian music in colonial America to musical life among twenty-first century Canadian Hutterites, from polka music to German singing societies, from Lutheran hymns to the songs of German-speaking Catholic and Jewish immigrants, and from the songs of German-speaking Swiss settlers to the music of immigrants from the Burgenland region of Austria.
Underlying these diverse contributions is a common themethe constant
interplay between the German and American sides of the hyphen of "German-American"
to be found in all these musical styles. A companion CD includes musical selections
that complement and expand upon this theme.
©Friends of the Max Kade Institute 2002. ISBN 0-924119-04-7 (Cloth)
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This fascinating mix of Old and New World recipes is a reprint of a best-selling nineteenth-century German cookbook adapted for German-Americans. Its recipes range from traditional German dishes to popular American foods to frontier cuisine--how about some roasted beaver tails? Pickled Herring and Pumpkin Pie also offers a glimpse into life in a nineteenth-century immigrant household and how immigrants tried to preserve the old ways while adapting to a new environment. Features of the cookbook include advice on how to use such "new" ingredients as corn or equipment like the Dutch oven, and how to shop in America, grow a proper kitchen garden, preserve food, cook medicinal dishes, and entertain.
©Friends of the Max Kade Institute 2002. ISBN 0-924119-05-5 (Cloth), ISBN
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Second Edition Remarks: A boon for genealogical research and an interesting
browse for the merely curious, this detailed dictionary is an English-language
reference for more than 15,000 German family names, including variant spellings
as well as the meaning and origin of each name. Some entries will provoke a
chuckle, others a bit of embarrassment, still others a sense of wonder and pride.
This Second Edition of an already popular resource has been expanded throughout
and includes many corrections and enhancements.
"A classic for anyone interested in their German ancestry and an invaluable tool for North Americans trying to determine what part of Germany they came from."Helmut Schmahl, Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainz
First Edition Remarks: This volume makes available in English for the first
time the work of the noted German scholar Hans Bahlow. The book, in dictionary
form, lists over 15,000 German names, together with variant spellings, and gives
the meanings and history of each name, often citing occurrences of the names,
and where the names appeared. This book will be invaluable to those doing genealogical
research and of considerable interest to a general public wanting to know what
names mean. Some entries will provoke a chuckle, others a bit of embarrassment,
still others a sense of wonder and even pride. Everyone will feel the sense
of satisfaction that inevitably comes with knowledge.
©Friends of The Max Kade Institute 2002.
ISBN 0-924119-36-5. Cloth $39.95
ISBN 0-924119-37-3. Paper $24.95
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Also contains a biography of Seifert by Howard Martin and an introductory essay on the history of Pennsylvania German linguistics by Mark L. Louden.
This is the most extensive reference work on Pennsylvania German (also known as Pennsylvania Dutch), the dialect now spoken primarily by Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities in the United States. It displays 160 maps showing regional variants for a word or grammatical form throughout the former German-speaking regions of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
©Friends of the Max Kade Institute 2001. ISBN 0-924119-02-0
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German-American Urban Culture: Writers & Theaters in Early
by Peter C. Merrill
128 pp. Paperback $19.95
Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and continuing well into the twentieth, Milwaukee was home to a remarkably vibrant and complex German-language intellectual scene. This collection of essays presents Milwaukee's most notable German-speaking writers and their works, including Wisconsin-written plays and operettas, prose, poetry, serial novels, and Feuilleton contributions. A number of essays treat the cultural context these writers worked in, especially Milwaukee's most important German-language theaters, up through the renovation of the Pabst Theater. This book concludes with a broad, synthetic essay on German-American urban culture in the city.
©Friends of the Max Kade Institute 2000. ISBN 0-924119-03-9
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German-American Artists in Early Milwaukee: A Biographical
Compiled by Peter C. Merrill
192 pp. Hardcover $22.50
Throughout the late nineteenth century, the city of Milwaukee was known as the center of German-American life in the Midwest, if not the entire United States. German-language newspapers flourished; an active German-language theater brought eager Milwaukee audiences German stage productions, both musical and dramatic; and German institutions and customs permeated daily life throughout the city. For at least a century, the local art scene in Milwaukee was similarly dominated by German influences. Many of the early artists who worked in Milwaukee had emigrated from German-speaking countries and, having been trained in Europe, brought with them artistic impulses current in their homelands. These immigrants not only worked in Milwaukee, they also trained the generations that followed. This biographical dictionary represents a valuable resource and research tool for a wide audience, ranging from students of American art and art history to readers interested in early Milwaukee and its cultural history to scholars of German-American life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Through painstaking research, Merrill has produced a reference work that is striking in its richness. Compiled from newspapers, census documents, city directories and local documents, dictionary entries provide biographical information on a diverse group of influential cultural figures, including Milwaukee's most renowned and most remote artists. The result is a detailed picture of personalities and institutions that played a significant role in shaping the character of Milwaukee's artistic life in the period between 1849 and 1949. Photographs of artists scattered throughout complement the reproductions of art works, lending a vital visual attraction to this scholarly reference work.
©Friends of the Max Kade Institute 1997. ISBN 0-924119-01-2.
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The German Language in America, 1683-1991
Edited by Joseph C. Salmons
337 pp. Hardcover $24.95
This volume presents seventeen articles, revised and expanded from a Max Kade Symposium, on the German language in North America. It includes historical studies (colonial German in contact with Native American languages, the language of Pietism among colonial immigrants), dialect descriptions (Donau-schwäbisch in the Midwest, Low German in Kansas, Volga German in Kansas) and investigations into the impact of German on English (German ethnic varieties of English, German in advertising, German loanwords in American English). Research on language maintenance and shift is especially well-represented, with a theoretical overview of the subject and case studies of Alberta, Black Sea Germans in the Dakotas and the Amana colonies. Methodological and theoretical issues include case loss and morphosyntactic change (East Franconian in Indiana); a comparative study of German in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; and several papers on Pennsylvania German, treating linguistic convergence, language attitudes and sociolinguistic variation.
©Friends of The Max Kade Institute 1993. ISBN 0-924119-61-6.
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The Golden Signpost
Translated from the German by Colin D. Thomson
391 pp. Hardcover $24.95
This translation of an extremely popular guide for immigrants appeared in several editions during the 1880s in Cleveland. It was written in German to help recent arrivals in the United States cope with their new and different cultural surroundings. Advice is offered on just about every facet of life, from furnishing a home and what sorts of greenery to purchase, to proper social and occupational ethics and behavior, to activity of a political nature, to marriage and family life. Very little is left without a practical word of advice. The book gives today's reader fine insights into the values and codes of behavior in late nineteenth-century America within a specific ethnic group whose numbers were at that time being swelled by yet another massive wave of immigration. In his translation, Colin D. Thomson has managed to recapture in English the tone of the original German. The book has an introduction which provides a historical context and a preface that analyzes the content of the work itself.
©Friends of the Max Kade Institute 1993. ISBN 0-924119-30-6.
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The Life and Works of Charles Sealsfield (Karl Postl) 1793-1864
Edited by Charlotte L. Brancaforte
302 pp. Hardcover $24.95
This book, with contributions in both German and English, investigates the life story and manifold interests and achievements of one of the most enigmatic writers of the nineteenth century. Karl Postl was the son of an Austrian bourgeois family, and a Catholic cleric who was caught up in the resistance to the post-Napoleonic restoration. In 1823 he exiled himself from his name and his homeland. A restless traveller through the Americas, a much-read literary critic, a social visionary and a sometimes diplomatic courier for the exiled Bonaparte family, Karl Postl became "Charles Sealsfield, Citizen of the United States, Clergyman, Native of Pennsylvania." His literary reputation never really faded even though tastes have changed many times. His search for common human traits in the political and social systems of Europe and the Americas has been relevant through the last 150 years. Quite apart from the literary merits of his works, his dispassionate observations on non-European races and their customs and aspirations have aroused the interest of scholars in the academic disciplines of anthropology and ethnic history.
©Friends of The Max Kade Institute 1993. ISBN 0-924119-72-1.
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The German-American Press
Edited by Henry Geitz
270 pp. Hardcover $24.95
Though it will never be possible to establish an exact number, scholars of the German-American press have estimated that about 5,000 newspapers and periodicals have been published in German in the more-than-300 years of German immigration to the United States. This collection of essays on various aspects of the German-American press shows clearly the role of that press in the process of acculturation of German immigrants on the one hand, and on the other, retention of some of the old institutions, most notably the German language. Bracketed between articles on the press of the colonial period and that of the present is a rich collection of essays on various aspects of the topic. While no one volume can adequately deal with all or even nearly all aspects of the phenomenon, this contribution to the field of German-American Studies does present a rather broad spectrum of topics and, thus, serves as both a source of valuable information and an introduction to further work.
©Friends of The Max Kade Institute 1992. ISBN 0-924119-50-0.
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The German-Speaking 48ers: Builders of Watertown, Wisconsin
by Charles J. Wallman
110 pp. Paperback $12.95
In this book the author follows those Forty-Eighters who fled German-speaking countries in the aftermath of the failed revolution of 1848 and influenced the building of Watertown, which grew to be the second largest city in Wisconsin. By consulting source materials in English and German, Charles Wallman has skillfully unravelled the threads that tie the Forty-Eighters and their descendants to the history of Watertown. He has chronicled not only the Forty-Eighters who subsequently became prominent in the German-American community but also those who never moved again and helped make their new hometown a thriving place. He has shown that energy and industry, the love of intellectual and cultural life and the capacity for friendship were outstanding traits of the Forty-Eighter families. This book, with some sixty illustrations, is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to understand the past and the present of the Watertown community.
©Friends of the Max Kade Institute 1992, reprinted 1994. 0- 924119-23-3.
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107 N. Third Street,
Watertown, WI 53094.
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Witness to History: A Refugee from the Third Reich Remembers
by Joachim von Elbe
416 pp. hardcover $18.95
This book helps the reader understand and appreciate the author's work in the legal profession both in his native Germany and in the United States. The downfall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazism are described, as is the post-World War II era that led, ultimately, to West Germany's participation in NATO as a sovereign nation. This volume originally appeared in German with the title Unter Preußenadler und Sternenbanner [Under the Prussian Eagle and the Stars and Stripes], with a most appropriate subtitle Ein Leben für Deutschland und Amerika [A Life for Germany and the United States]. The author's background and varied experiences make him uniquely qualified to present the reader with an extremely interesting, stimulating and highly personal account of a tumultuous era.
©Friends of The Max Kade Institute 1989. ISBN 0-924119-00-4.
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Mennonitisch-Plattdeutsches Wörterbuch / Mennonite
Low German Dictionary
Compiled by Jack Thiessen
Projected publication date: 2003