In Their Own Words: German-American Newspapers in the World War I Era

October 5th, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Chippewa Valley Museum | Location: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

In Their Own Words: German-American Newspapers in the World War I Era 
presented by Antje Petty of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies

When the Great War broke out in Europe in 1914, 8 million Americans or 8.7 % of the population were German born or had parents born in German-speaking Europe. In Wisconsin the numbers were 2.4 million and 38%. The vast majority were loyal Americans who at the same time were proud of their German heritage, traditions, and language, — expressed in the motto “Germania ist unsere Mutter, Columbia unsere Braut” (Germania is our mother, Columbia is our bride).  This presentation uses German-language newspapers and magazines, published in the United States during the World War I Era, to provide a glimpse into German-Americans’ view of the world, as well as their position in American society at the time.

On-site participation in this virtual presentation is included with museum admission (members free), or attend from home via Zoom using the link below.


Contact Angela at a.allred@cvmuseum.com with questions regarding this program.

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