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GERMAN HERITAGE EXHIBIT THROUGH JUNE 27

Neighbors Past and Present: The Wisconsin German Experience

With the cooperation of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Seymour Community Museum will be displaying the traveling exhibit, “Neighbors Past and Present: the Wisconsin German Experience.”

The display is on fourteen panels that draw largely on images and resources from the MKI Library and Archives. The exhibit covers German migration and settlement in Wisconsin, questions of ethnicity and identity in newly forged communities, and the cohesiveness of these communities over the decades, especially in times of economic crisis or war. Specific topics include language; print culture; religion; Amish and Mennonites; traditions and social clubs; education; rural and urban life; business; political and civic engagement; times of war; and immigrants and their descendants in the global world past and present.

Each panel in the exhibit describes a different aspect of German heritage. The presentation is enhanced and made more personal with meaningful items on display from the collection of the Seymour Community Historical Society and Museum. This traveling exhibit has been made possible by a major grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

The emphasis is on German heritage, but it will be on interest to all history buffs. It is free and open to the public from June 4 to June 27.

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