This former maritime province of Germany is situated on the southern Baltic coast. The area was settled by the Slavic tribes Pomorzanie and Polabs in the 5th century AD. German migration into the western and central regions of Pomerania began in the late 12th century. In 1648, Sweden acquired western Pomerania (Vorpommern) by the Treaty of Westphalia, part of which was returned to Brandenburg in 1720. In 1815, Prussia recovered the rest of western Pomerania, thus uniting it with central Pomerania into one province called Pommern. Eastern Pomerania (Hinterpommern) was annexed by Prussia in 1772. In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles created the Polish Corridor, dividing Prussia and leaving part of Pomerania as a German border province with an area of 11,644 sq. miles. In 1945, it was partitioned into two areas separated by the Oder River. Most of the territory west of the Oder River was designated as part of Mecklenburg and thus part of the Soviet zone of occupation, which later became the German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), also known as East Germany. Stettin (Szczecin) and the territory east of the Oder River was ceded to Poland.
Source: Max Kade Institute Researchers
Going to the Open House reception tomorrow for the “new” location of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies.
From the institute website:
The Max Kade Institute (MKI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is part of the College of Letters and Science; it is governed by an Executive Committee and has an Advisory Committee. MKI receives critical support from an active and growing Friends organization. The Institute has an administrative staff which includes a Director, Assistant Director, Librarian, clerical staff and numerous graduate and undergraduate students as well as volunteer help.
Our Institute is named after Dr. h.c. Max Kade (1882-1967). After emigrating from Schwäbisch Hall, Germany to New York City in 1905, he became successful and well known in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Kade established a foundation in New York to promote scientific and technical progress and to further the peaceful coexistence of nations. He was also committed to advancing German-American relations. The initial grant to found our Max Kade Institute was made by the President of the Max Kade Foundation of New York, the late Dr. Erich Markel, in 1983.
The Institute’s mission is twofold: first, scholarly research and documentation; and second, outreach to a broader audience. Ongoing research involves faculty and students from many departments (as well as visiting scholars) examining how German-speaking immigrants and their descendants have both shaped their North American environment and been shaped by it. Outreach efforts center on bringing a better understanding of issues of German-American immigration, history, culture, and language to a general public as well as to school children.
The MKI is housed in the “Keystone House,” a historical stone-and-wood dwelling situated at the west edge of the campus. The house was purchased by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in 1967 and given to the University. The dwelling, originally a private residence built in 1853, has been converted into small meeting rooms, a library and offices without diminishing the charm of the historical structure. The Dane County Historical Society of Wisconsin lists the “Keystone House” on its register of historical homes deserving preservation.
Well it is 2014 and probably a year since I last posted. At this point my genealogy has been slow but with some progress on my written book about my family. Still in early stage but have added various biographical comments about my uncles and aunts on Rettammel side. Also gathered some new information from Beyond History group out of Hamburg, Germany regarding my great-great grandmother Louise Felix and her parents in former Prussia. Also in last year some contact was made with various 3rd, 4th and possibly 5th cousins on Rettammel sides. So I guess not slow but progress being made.