Annual Meetings

Every May, members of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute gather in a different location in Wisconsin for their annual meeting. These meetings are fun-filled days that include not just the business meeting, but tours of historic places, lectures, and a German-style dinner.

Friends Annual Meeting in Racine, Wisconsin, May 7, 2016

KlinkertBarn_spring_smallJoin us on Saturday, May 7, for an exciting day tracing the steps of one of Racine’s most illustrious German-speaking immigrants: Ernst Klinkert. Born in 1845 in Frankfurt, Germany, Klinkert arrived in Racine in the early 1870s and quickly became a prominent businessman, brewer, and builder. His commercial structures included a theater, taverns, and the “Klinkert Barn,” a magnificent Kentucky blue-grass-style stable for his prized race horses.

The Friends will have the exclusive opportunity to take a guided tour of the “Klinkert Roadhouse,” one of Klinkert’s impressive German-style tavern buildings, and the “Klinkert Barn.” Afterwards, we will hold our annual meeting and dinner at the Reefpoint Brew House, followed by a presentation by Art & Architectural Historian Pippin Michelli on “Ernst Klinkert and His World: A German Immigrant Builder and Brewer in Racine, WI.”

1:30 – 2:15 Klinkert Roadhouse (2810 Wisconsin St., Sturtevant) ReefpointBrewhouse_window2
2:15 – 2:45 travel to the Klinkert Barn (4637 Lathrop Ave, Mount Pleasant)
2:45 – 3:30 Tour of Klinkert Barn
3:30 – 4:00 travel to Reefpoint Brew House (2 Christopher Columbus Causeway, Racine)
4:00 – 4:30 registration and social time
4:30 – 5:30 annual business meeting
5:30 – 6:00 social time/ election of officers of the Board of Directors
6:00 – 6:45 dinner
6:45 – 7:30 Lecture: Pippin Michelli



For an overview of some of our previous annual meetings check the programs below.

Annual Meeting 2015 in Madison

Annual Meeting 2014 in Janesville

Annual Meeting 2013 in Eau Claire

Annual Meeting 2012 in Watertown

Annual Meeting 2011 in St. Nazianz

Annual Meeting 2010 in Milwaukee

Annual Meeting 2009 in Dodge County

Annual Meeting 2008 in Marathon County

Annual Meeting 2006 in West Bend

Annual Meeting 2004 at Old World Wisconsin