Friends of the Max Kade Institute Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Wausau, Wisconsin 

The Historic Fromm Brothers Fur and Ginseng Farm

This year the Friends of the Max Kade Institute will step back to the early days of the 20th century and learn how five brothers, whose family immigrated from Germany in the 1800s, built a multi-million dollar business empire in a remote corner of Marathon County, Hamburg Township, by raising silver fox for the fashion industry and, with time, adding several new enterprises, including a ginseng farm. We will take a walking tour of the grounds and some of the original buildings and learn why fashion buyers from Manhattan’s 5th Avenue made their way to the Town of Hamburg. Our hosts will be the Fromm Brothers Historical Preservation Society (FBHPS) and the Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin.  The day will conclude with a dinner at the Berlin Center and a lecture by William Thiel (Eau Claire) on “Why They Left: Transitions from Rural Germany to the Midwest in the 19th Century.”


12:30–1:00                  Arrival at Fromm Brothers Fur Farm Boarding House and registration

   (See directions below).

1:00 – 3:30                  The Fromm Story Boarding House and guided walking tour

3:30 – 4:00                  Tour Group wrap-up and travel to Berlin Center      

4:00 – 5:00                  Friends annual business meeting at the Berlin Center (Members)

4:00 – 5:30                  Socializing and tour of Pommerscher Verein Library

   (Meeting of new Board of Directors/ election of officers)

5:30 – 6:30                  Dinner

6:30 – 7:30                  Presentation



Please fill out the enclosed registration form and mail it with your payment,

or register online at

$35 per person.

Bring a friend – Make a Friend!

Dinner purchase includes Friends of the MKI membership for the year 2018 for new Friends.

If you have questions, contact Antje Petty at the Max Kade Institute (608-262-7546 or

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